A list of abbreviations of generic names appearing in the eighth edition of is presented. The list includes names of accepted genera and other genera cited as synonymous or of uncertain status. Since names of the latter still appear in the literature or are used in subspecialties of microbiology, abbreviations for these genera are also given. The abbreviations have been found useful when coding data for computer storage and analysis. Because of the saving in space, a larger number of strain characteristics can be stored in a computerized data bank. In addition, the abbreviations are often mnemonic, a helpful characteristic.


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