Table 3.

Biochemical reactions ofKlebsiella speciesa

CharacteristicKlebsiella pneumoniaeK. oxytocaK. terrigenaK. planticolaK. ornithinolytica
subsp. pneumoniaesubsp.ozaenaesubsp. rhinoscleromatis
Indole+vb +
Ornithine decarboxylase+
Lysine decarboxylase+v++++
Pectate degradation+
Gas from lactose at 44.5°C+
Growth at 10°C++++
Acid from:
d-Melezitosev+
l-Sorbosev+++
Utilization of:
m-Hydroxybenzoate++
 Hydroxy-l-prolinevvv+
 Malonate++++++
Methyl red test+++v +
Voges-Proskauer reaction+++++
  • a Data summarized from references14, 79, 107, 153, 154, 174, 210, and228.

  • b v, variable reaction.