The Curious Case of Chemotaxis in Soft Rot Pectobacteriaceae
Soft rot Pectobacteriaceae, Dickeya and Pectobacterium, are notorious for causing blackleg and soft rot diseases on more than 50% angiosperms such as potato, tomato, carrot, cabbage, and rice. In the United States, soft rot Pectobacteriaceae causes at least $40 million losses of potato each year. Flagellar motility is important for soft rot Pectobacteriaceae virulence. Chemotaxis, which controls flagellar motility towards a conducive environment or away from hostile conditions, is essential for initial stages of infection. Chemotaxis is mediated by chemoreceptors known as methyl-accepting ...
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