The Rhizobiaceae: Molecular Biology of Model Plant-Associated Bacteria

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Herman P. Spaink, Adam Kondorosi, Paul J.J. Hooykaas, Paul Hooykaas
Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 31, 1998 - Nature - 566 pages
The Rhizobiaceae, Molecular Biology of Model Plant-Associated Bacteria. This book gives a comprehensive overview on our present molecular biological knowledge about the Rhizobiaceae, which currently can be called the best-studied family of soil bacteria. For many centuries they have attracted the attention of scientists because of their capacity to associate with plants and as a consequence also to specifically modify plant development. Some of these associations are beneficial for the plant, as is the case for the Rhizobiaceae subgroups collectively called rhizobia, which are able to fix nitrogen in a symbiosis with the plant hosts. This symbiosis results in the fonnation of root or stem nodules, as illustrated on the front cover. In contrast, several Rhizobiaceae subgroups can negatively affect plant development and evoke plant diseases. Examples are Agrobacterium tumefaciens andA. rhizogenes which induce the formation of crown galls or hairy roots on the stems of their host plants, respectively (bottom panels on front cover). In addition to the obvious importance of studies on the Rhizobiaceae for agronomy, this research field has resulted in the discovery of many fundamental scientific principles of general interest, which are highlighted in this book. To mention three examples: (i) the discovery of DNA transfer of A.
 

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Contents

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Genetics of Bacterial Adhesion 239
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Genetic Organization and Transcriptional Regulation of Rhizobial
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References 247
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The Structure and Development of Infection Threads and Symbiosomes 417429
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General Genetic Knowledge 2543
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The Formation of Infection Threads 417
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Crown Galls and Hairy Roots as Neoplastic Disease 251
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Outer Membrane Proteins 4553
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Opines and OpineLike Molecules Involved in VlantRhizobiaceae Interactions 173197
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Phospholipids and Alternative Membrane Lipids 5580
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Introduction 173
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Nod Factor Biosynthesis 388
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Phospholipids in Rhizobiaceae
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The Development ofthe Opine Concept 175
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Cellsurface 3gIucans 8196
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Nodulation Genes 361386
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Soil Populations of the Rhizobia and Their Diversity 156
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