A single gene that promotes interaction of a phytopathogenic bacterium with its insect vector, Drosophila melanogaster.

@article{Basset2003ASG,
  title={A single gene that promotes interaction of a phytopathogenic bacterium with its insect vector, Drosophila melanogaster.},
  author={Alan Basset and Phoebe Tzou and Bruno Lemaitre and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Boccard},
  journal={EMBO reports},
  year={2003},
  volume={4 2},
  pages={205-9}
}
Insects are major vectors of plant and animal disease, and bacterial phytopathogens are often disseminated by flies. We have previously reported that some isolates of the phytopathogenic bacterial species Erwinia carotovora infect Drosophila and activate an immune response. Using a genetic screen, we have now identified two genes that are required by E. carotovora to infect Drosophila. One of these genes has a regulatory role whereas the other, evf, confers an infectious phenotype: its transfer… CONTINUE READING

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