Complete genome sequence of phytopathogenic Pectobacterium atrosepticum bacteriophage Peat1.

Kalischuk, M.L., Hachey, J.E., and Kawchuk, L.M. (2015). "Complete genome sequence of phytopathogenic Pectobacterium atrosepticum bacteriophage Peat1.", Genome Announcements, 3(4: Article e00760-15), pp. 1-2. doi : 10.1128/genomeA.00760-15  Access to full text

Abstract

Pectobacterium atrosepticum is a common phytopathogen causing significant economic losses worldwide. To develop a biocontrol strategy for this blackleg pathogen of solanaceous plants, P. atrosepticum bacteriophage Peat1 was isolated and its genome completely sequenced. Interestingly, morphological and sequence analyses of the 45,633-bp genome revealed that phage Peat1 is a member of the family Podoviridae and most closely resembles the Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteriophage KP34. This is the first published complete genome sequence of a phytopathogenic P. atrosepticum bacteriophage, and details provide important information for the development of biocontrol by advancing our understanding of phage-phytopathogen interactions.

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