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Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki



Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki


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  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Invasive Species
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Bacteria
  •   Phylum: Firmicutes
  •     Class: Bacilli
  •       Order: Bacillales
  •         Family: Bacillaceae
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Bacteria
  •     Phylum: Firmicutes
  •         Class: Bacilli
  •             Order: Bacillales
  •                 Family: Bacillaceae
  •                     Genus: Bacillus
  •                         Species: Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


EgyptPresentCABI (Undated a)
KenyaPresentCABI (Undated a)
TunisiaPresentCABI (Undated a)


ChinaPresentCABI (Undated a)
IndiaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-KarnatakaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-MaharashtraPresentCABI (Undated a)
-ManipurPresentCABI (Undated a)
-PunjabPresentCABI (Undated a)
IndonesiaPresentCABI (Undated a)
IraqPresentCABI (Undated a)
IsraelPresentCABI (Undated a)
JapanPresentCABI (Undated a)
-KyushuPresentCABI (Undated a)
MalaysiaPresentCABI (Undated)Present based on regional distribution.
-SabahPresentCABI (Undated a)
Saudi ArabiaPresentCABI (Undated a)
TaiwanPresentCABI (Undated a)
TurkeyPresentCABI (Undated a)


CzechoslovakiaPresentCABI (Undated a)
Union of Soviet Socialist RepublicsPresentCABI (Undated a)
DenmarkPresentCABI (Undated a)
FrancePresentCABI (Undated a)
HungaryPresentCABI (Undated a)
ItalyPresentCABI (Undated a)
LithuaniaPresentCABI (Undated a)
PolandPresentCABI (Undated a)
RussiaPresentCABI (Undated a)
SpainPresentCABI (Undated a)

North America

CanadaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-British ColumbiaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-New BrunswickPresentCABI (Undated a)
-Newfoundland and LabradorPresentCABI (Undated a)
-OntarioPresentCABI (Undated a)
-Prince Edward IslandPresentCABI (Undated a)
-SaskatchewanPresentCABI (Undated a)
Costa RicaPresentCABI (Undated a)
CubaPresentCABI (Undated a)
United StatesPresentCABI (Undated a)
-ArkansasPresentCABI (Undated a)
-CaliforniaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-FloridaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-GeorgiaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-IllinoisPresentCABI (Undated a)
-IowaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-MarylandPresentCABI (Undated a)
-MinnesotaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-MississippiPresentCABI (Undated a)
-North CarolinaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-OklahomaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-OregonPresentCABI (Undated a)
-PennsylvaniaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-South CarolinaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-TennesseePresentCABI (Undated a)
-VirginiaPresentCABI (Undated a)


AustraliaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-VictoriaPresentCABI (Undated a)
-Western AustraliaPresentCABI (Undated a)
New ZealandPresentCABI (Undated a)
Papua New GuineaPresentCABI (Undated a)

South America

BrazilPresentCABI (Undated a)
-PernambucoPresentCABI (Undated a)
-Rio de JaneiroPresentCABI (Undated a)
-Sao PauloPresentCABI (Undated a)

Threatened Species

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Threatened SpeciesConservation StatusWhere ThreatenedMechanismReferencesNotes
Lycaeides melissa samuelis (Karner blue butterfly)USA ESA listing as endangered speciesMichiganPoisoningHerms et al., 1997

Risk and Impact Factors

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  • Poisoning


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Herms CP, McCullough DG, Bauer LS, Haack RA, Miller DL, Dubois NR, 1997. Susceptibility of the endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) to Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki used for gypsy moth suppression in Michigan, The Great Lakes Entomologist, 30(4), 125-141.

Distribution References

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status inferred from regional distribution. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

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