Are nematodes a missing link in the confounded ecology of the entomopathogen Bacillus thuringiensis?

Ruan, Lifang, Crickmore, Neil, Peng, Donghai and Sun, Ming (2015) Are nematodes a missing link in the confounded ecology of the entomopathogen Bacillus thuringiensis? Trends in Microbiology, 23 (6). pp. 341-346. ISSN 0966-842X

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Abstract

Bacillus thuringiensis, which is well known as an entomopathogen, has been accepted by the public as a safe bioinsecticide. The natural ecology of this bacterium has never been particularly clear, with views ranging from it being an obligate pathogen to an opportunist pathogen that can otherwise exist as a soil saprophyte or a plant endophyte. This confusion has recently led to it being considered as an environmental pathogen that has evolved to occupy a diverse set of environmental niches in which it can thrive without needing a host. A significant driving force behind this classification is the fact that B. thuringiensis is found in high numbers in environments that are not occupied by the insect hosts to which it is pathogenic. It is our opinion that the ubiquitous presence of this bacterium in the environment is the result of a variety of vectoring systems, particularly those that include nematodes.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biochemistry
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR0075 Bacteria
Depositing User: Neil Crickmore
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 09:59
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 13:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53820
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