Evidence of horizontal gene transfer between obligate leaf nodule symbionts

  title={Evidence of horizontal gene transfer between obligate leaf nodule symbionts},
  author={Marta Pinto-Carb{\'o} and Simon Sieber and Steven Dessein and Thomas M Wicker and Brecht Verstraete and Karl Gademann and Leo Eberl and Aurelien Carlier},
  journal={The ISME Journal},
Bacteria of the genus Burkholderia establish an obligate symbiosis with plant species of the Rubiaceae and Primulaceae families. The bacteria, housed within the leaves, are transmitted hereditarily and have not yet been cultured. We have sequenced and compared the genomes of eight bacterial leaf nodule symbionts of the Rubiaceae plant family. All of the genomes exhibit features consistent with genome erosion. Genes potentially involved in the biosynthesis of kirkamide, an insecticidal C7N… CONTINUE READING
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