The versatility and adaptation of bacteria from the genus Stenotrophomonas

Robert P. Ryan, Sebastien Monchy, Massimiliano Cardinale, Safiyh Taghavi, Lisa Crossman, Matthew B. Avison, Gabriele Berg, Daniel van der Lelie, J. Maxwell Dow

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The genus Stenotrophomonas comprises at least eight species. These bacteria are found throughout the environment, particularly in close association with plants. Strains of the most predominant species, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, have an extraordinary range of activities that include beneficial effects for plant growth and health, the breakdown of natural and man-made pollutants that are central to bioremediation and phytoremediation strategies and the production of biomolecules of economic value, as well as detrimental effects, such as multidrug resistance, in human pathogenic strains. Here, we discuss the versatility of the bacteria in the genus Stenotrophomonas and the insight that comparative genomic analysis of clinical and endophytic isolates of S. maltophilia has brought to our understanding of the adaptation of this genus to various niches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-525
Number of pages12
JournalNature Reviews Microbiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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