Comparative Genomics and Description of Putative Virulence Factors of Melissococcus plutonius, the Causative Agent of European Foulbrood Disease in Honey Bees

@inproceedings{Djukic2018ComparativeGA,
  title={Comparative Genomics and Description of Putative Virulence Factors of Melissococcus plutonius, the Causative Agent of European Foulbrood Disease in Honey Bees},
  author={Marvin Djukic and Silvio Erler and Andreas Leimbach and Daniela Grossar and Jean-Daniel Charri{\`e}re and Laurent Gauthier and Denise Hartken and Sascha Dietrich and Heiko Nacke and Rolf Daniel and Anja Poehlein},
  booktitle={Genes},
  year={2018}
}
In Europe, approximately 84% of cultivated crop species depend on insect pollinators, mainly bees. Apis mellifera (the Western honey bee) is the most important commercial pollinator worldwide. The Gram-positive bacterium Melissococcus plutonius is the causative agent of European foulbrood (EFB), a global honey bee brood disease. In order to detect putative virulence factors, we sequenced and analyzed the genomes of 14 M. plutonius strains, including two reference isolates. The isolates do not… CONTINUE READING
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