Table 4.

Variation in sugar utilization among E. colistrains as a function of host taxonomic group

Host groupaNo. of isolates% Utilization of:Total no. of sugars utilized
AdoAraDulInoMalManRafRamSalSorSucTreXyl
Aves10201050408080409050100801009013
Artiodactyla 1200801002550750583391759
Carnivora 34603901007667910917010010010
Cetacea b 3330001000010001001001001007
Chiroptera 15290792993100799350861001009312
Insectivora b 25000010010050505050501005010
Lagomorpha b 7144300100100435701004310010010
Marsupialia 284411111008639864897110010013
Montremata b 5000010000800100601001006
Perissodactyla b 93300010056336708922100789
Primates 245514010054506805564919111
Rodentia 5110410290645078108470909013
Statistical significancec ∗∗ ∗∗ ∗∗ NS ∗∗ NS ∗∗ ∗∗ ∗∗ NS ∗∗
ECOR1332398103911
  • a Does not include the single isolate from an elephant and a desert turtle.

  • b Analysis excluded those host groups were the strain number is lower than 10.

  • c NS, not significant; ∗, P < 0.05 ; ∗∗, P < 0.01 ; ∗∗∗, P < 0.001 . Significance levels determined by χ2tests.