Genomics of the Enterobacterial Plant Pathogens
Ian Toth, Leighton Pritchard, Paul Birch and Hui Liu
from: Plant Pathogenic Bacteria: Genomics and Molecular Biology (Edited by: Robert W. Jackson). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2009)
The enterobacterial plant pathogens are an important group of bacteria responsible for disease on a wide range of plant species in geographically diverse regions. The enterobacterial plant pathogens entered the postgenomics age in 2004, with the completion of the Pectobacterium atrosepticum SCRI1043 genome sequence. Since then, other enterobacterial plant pathogens have been sequenced, and an array of computational and functional genomics tools have been developed in conjunction with these sequences. Genomic analyses are helping to identify many shared pathogenicity and lifestyle mechanisms among plant (and animal) pathogens, helping to forge new collaborations between scientists working on different pathosystems. These analyses are also uncovering pathogen-specific features, often acquired through horizontal gene transfer, which offer new insights into how individual pathogens infect particular hosts, their modes of pathogenesis or their life in the wider environment. This chapter describes current progress in genomic and post-genomic research on enterobacterial plant pathogens, together with some of the most recent findings read more ...