Michael Dilworth

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The enzymes involved in the assimilation of ammonia by free-living cultures of Rhizobium spp. are glutamine synthetase (EC. 6.o.I.2), glutamate synthase (L-glutamine:2-oxoglutarate amino transferase) and glutamate dehydrogenase (ED I.4.I.4). Under conditions of ammonia or nitrate limitation in a chemostat the assimilation of ammonia by cultures of R.(More)
Cassettes have been developed that contain an antibiotic resistance marker with and without a promoterless gusA reporter gene. The nptII (encoding kanamycin resistance) or aacCI (encoding gentamicin resistance) genes were equipped with the tac promoter (Ptac) and the trpA terminator (TtrpA) and then cloned between NotI sites to construct the CAS-Nm(More)
Ensifer (Sinorhizobium) medicae is an effective nitrogen fixing microsymbiont of a diverse range of annual Medicago (medic) species. Strain WSM419 is an aerobic, motile, non-spore forming, Gram-negative rod isolated from a M. murex root nodule collected in Sardinia, Italy in 1981. WSM419 was manufactured commercially in Australia as an inoculant for annual(More)
An acid-sensitive mutant, TG5-46, derived from Rhizobium meliloti WSM419 by Tn5 mutagenesis, fails to grow below pH 6.0 whereas the parent strain grows at pH 5.7. The DNA sequence of a 2.2 kb rhizobial DNA region flanking Tn5 in TG5-46 contains two open reading frames, ORF1 (designated actS) and ORF2 (designated actR), having high similarity to the(More)
A mildly acid-sensitive mutant of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae WSM710 (WR6-35) produced colonies which were more mucoid in phenotype than the wild-type. Strain WR6-35 contained a single copy of Tn5 and the observed mucoid phenotype, acid sensitivity and Tn5-induced kanamycin resistance were 100% co-transducible using phage RL38. WR6-35 produced(More)
Cells of Sinorhizobium meliloti WSM419 showed an adaptive acid-tolerance response when grown at pH 5.8 instead of pH 7.0. Increasing concentrations of calcium in the exposure medium significantly decreased the death rate of WSM419 cells under conditions of acid stress (pH 4.0). The effect of calcium on survival at pH 4.0 however, appears unconnected to(More)
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