The cucurbit pathogenic bacterium Acidovorax citrulli requires a polar flagellum for full virulence before and after host-tissue penetration.

@article{Bahar2011TheCP,
  title={The cucurbit pathogenic bacterium Acidovorax citrulli requires a polar flagellum for full virulence before and after host-tissue penetration.},
  author={Ofir Bahar and Noam Levi and Saul Burdman},
  journal={Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI},
  year={2011},
  volume={24 9},
  pages={1040-50}
}
Acidovorax citrulli causes seedling blight and bacterial fruit blotch of cucurbits. Previous reports demonstrated the contribution of type IV pili (T4P) to A. citrulli virulence and to systemic infection of melon seedlings. Microfluidic flow-chamber assays demonstrated the involvement of T4P in surface adhesion and biofilm formation, whereas polar flagella did not appear to contribute to either of these features. On the other hand, a transposon mutant impaired in the biosynthesis of polar… CONTINUE READING
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