Biological and genetic factors regulating natural competence in a bacterial plant pathogen.

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For naturally competent bacteria, spatially structured growth can provide an environment for enhanced horizontal gene transfer through transformation and recombination. DNA is often present in the extracellular environment, such as in the extracellular matrix of biofilms, and the lysis of a single cell can result in high local DNA concentrations. Xylella… (More)
DOI: 10.1099/mic.0.070581-0

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