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Identification of Differences in Genome Content among phlD-Positive Pseudomonas fluorescens Strains by Using PCR-Based Subtractive Hybridization

By D. V. Mavrodi, O. V. Mavrodi, B. B. McSpadden-Gardener, B. B. Landa, D. M. Weller and L. S. Thomashow


Certain 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol-producing strains of Pseudomonas fluorescens colonize roots and suppress soilborne diseases more effectively than others from which they are otherwise phenotypically almost indistinguishable. We recovered DNA fragments present in the superior colonizer P. fluorescens Q8r1-96 but not in the less rhizosphere-competent strain Q2-87. Of the open reading frames in 32 independent Q8r1-96-specific clones, 1 was similar to colicin M from Escherichia coli, 3 resembled known regulatory proteins, and 28 had no significant match with sequences of known function. Seven clones hybridized preferentially to DNA from strains with superior rhizosphere competence, and sequences in two others were highly expressed in vitro and in the rhizosphere

Topics: Plant Microbiology
Publisher: American Society for Microbiology
Year: 2002
DOI identifier: 10.1128/AEM.68.10.5170-5176.2002
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Provided by: PubMed Central
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