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BACKGROUND The genus Burkholderia includes a variety of species with opportunistic human pathogenic strains, whose increasing global resistance to antibiotics has become a public health problem. In this context a major role could be played by multidrug efflux pumps belonging to Resistance Nodulation Cell-Division (RND) family, which allow bacterial cells to(More)
In this work we have checked the ability of the essential oils extracted from six different medicinal plants (Eugenia caryophyllata, Origanum vulgare, Rosmarinus officinalis, Lavandula officinalis, Melaleuca alternifolia, and Thymus vulgaris) to inhibit the growth of 18 bacterial type strains belonging to the 18 known species of the Burkholderia cepacia(More)
Microorganisms from Antarctica have evolved particular strategies to cope with cold. Moreover, they have been recently reported as producers of antimicrobial compounds, which inhibit the growth of other bacteria. In this work we characterized from different viewpoints the Gillisia sp. CAL575 strain, a psychrotrophic bacterium that produces microbial(More)
In this work we analyzed the composition and structure of cultivable bacterial communities isolated from the stem/leaf and root compartments of two medicinal plants, Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench and Echinacea angustifolia (DC.) Hell, grown in the same soil, as well as the bacterial community from their rhizospheric soils. Molecular PCR-based techniques(More)
Crude oil is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons and other organic compounds that can produce serious environmental problems and whose removal is highly demanding in terms of human and technological resources. The potential use of microbes as bioremediation agents is one of the most promising fields in this area. Members of the species Acinetobacter(More)
Endophytic bacteria play a crucial role in plant life and are also drawing much attention for their capacity to produce bioactive compounds of relevant biotechnological interest. Here we present the characterisation of the cultivable endophytic bacteria of Lavandula angustifolia Mill.-a species used since antiquity for its therapeutic properties-since the(More)
Bacteria belonging to the Pseudoalteromonas genus have important ecological implications in marine environments, playing a role in the control of microbial community as producers of bioactive molecules endowed with antifouling activity and able to antagonize larvae, fungi and bacteria, including important human pathogens. For these reasons, representatives(More)
Despite the key-role of plasmids in the horizontal spreading of genetic information within the prokaryotic community, their evolutionary dynamics has been poorly explored. Recently, a computational pipeline (Blast2Network) based on similarity networks reconstruction has been developed. Adopting this strategy we analyzed the genome of Synechococcus sp. PCC(More)
Microorganisms living in extreme environments represent a huge reservoir of novel antimicrobial compounds and possibly of novel chemical families. Antarctica is one of the most extraordinary places on Earth and exhibits many distinctive features. Antarctic microorganisms are well known producers of valuable secondary metabolites. Specifically, several(More)