How Bacillus thuringiensis has evolved specific toxins to colonize the insect world.

@article{Maagd2001HowBT,
  title={How Bacillus thuringiensis has evolved specific toxins to colonize the insect world.},
  author={Ruud A de Maagd and Alejandra Bravo and Neil Crickmore},
  journal={Trends in genetics : TIG},
  year={2001},
  volume={17 4},
  pages={193-9}
}
Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacterium of great agronomic and scientific interest. Together the subspecies of this bacterium colonize and kill a large variety of host insects and even nematodes, but each strain does so with a high degree of specificity. This is mainly determined by the arsenal of crystal proteins that the bacterium produces during sporulation. Here we describe the properties of these toxin proteins and the current knowledge of the basis for their specificity. Assessment of… CONTINUE READING
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