Xylella fastidiosa M12

Names Xylella fastidiosa M12
Accession numbers NC_010513
Background Xylella fastidiosa is a gram negative, fastidious, xylem-limited bacterium that causes a range of economically important plant diseases including citrus variegated chlorosis disease (CVC) of oranges and other citrus fruits.X. fastidiosa is also know to cause Pierces disease, a lethal disease to grapevines.The bacterium is spread by certain kinds of leafhoppers known as sharpshooters. While snacking, these insects carry the bacterial infection from plant to plant, transferring X. fastidiosa directly into the plant's xylem, the vascular tissues. There, the bacteria multiply, clogging the plant's internal plumbing and blocking the flow of water to leaves. Trees and plants weaken, leaves discolour, and fruits appear prematurely, remaining small, hard and worthless. Other strains cause leaf scorching of woody perennials such as American elm, maple, mulberry, or plum.The genome sequence reveals the presence of homologues of virulence factors in animal pathogens. Also, genes involved in ion-sequestration and the production of toxins and antibiotics were detected. Such genes may have been acquired by X. fastidiosa (via horizontal gene transfer) to respond to plant defence mechanisms or pesticidal control.Xylella fastidiosa was the first plant pathogen and the first plant associated bacterium to have been sequenced.(From http://www.ebi.ac.uk/2can/genomes/bacteria.html) (BacMap)
Strain M12
Complete Yes
Sequencing centre (07-FEB-2008) US DOE Joint Genome Institute, 2800 Mitchell Drive B100, Walnut Creek, CA 94598-1698, USA
(24-MAR-2008) National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20894, USA
Sequencing quality Level 6: Finished
Sequencing depth NA
Sequencing method NA
Isolation site almond trees in Kern County in the San Joaquin Valley of California
Isolation country USA
Number of replicons 1
Gram staining properties Negative
Shape Bacilli
Mobility No
Flagellar presence No
Number of membranes 2
Oxygen requirements Aerobic
Optimal temperature NA
Temperature range Mesophilic
Habitat HostAssociated
Biotic relationship Free living
Host name NA
Cell arrangement Singles
Sporulation NA
Metabolism NA
Energy source NA
Diseases Citrus variegated chlorosis
Pathogenicity No