Caister Academic Press

Genomic Taxonomy and Biodiversity of the Burkholderia cepacia Complex

Peter Vandamme, Bart Verheyde, Charlotte Peeters and Peter Dawyndt
from: Burkholderia: From Genomes to Function (Edited by: Tom Coenye and Eshwar Mahenthiralingam). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2014)


The Burkholderia cepacia complex is a group of closely related bacteria with conflicting biological properties and for which an unusually large amount of taxonomic data is available. These bacteria therefore represent a unique opportunity to evaluate traditional polyphasic taxonomic practices by means of novel whole-genome sequence based parameters. The present state-of-the-art demonstrates that taxonomists can replace DNA-DNA hybridization experiments as the pivotal instrument for species level demarcation and 16S rRNA sequence analysis for studying phylogeny by superior whole-genome sequence based alternatives in the frame of polyphasic taxonomic studies read more ...
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