Homologous recombination and dynamics of rhizobial genomes.

  title={Homologous recombination and dynamics of rhizobial genomes.},
  author={Ma del Carmen Orozco-Mosqueda and Josu{\'e} Altamirano-Hern{\'a}ndez and Rodolfo Far{\'i}as-Rodr{\'i}guez and Eduardo Valencia-Cantero and Gustavo Santoyo},
  journal={Research in microbiology},
  volume={160 10},
The nitrogen-fixing bacteria commonly known as rhizobia are attractive organisms due to their symbiotic association with legume plants. Their genomes contain a large number of redundant genetic elements. These reiterations might participate in homologous recombination events and lead to diverse genomic rearrangements. Here we analyze the role of homologous recombination in the dynamics of these bacterial genomes, as well as its possible biological consequences.