|Hancock, Robert E W|
Submitted to: Journal of Bacteriology
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/19/2007
Publication Date: 4/1/2008
Citation: Goldberg, J.B., Hancock, R., Parales, R.E., Loper, J.E., Cornelis, P. 2008. Pseudomonas 2007 Meeting Review. Journal of Bacteriology. 190(8):2649-2662. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Pseudomonas is an important genus of bacteria. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the third most common nosocomial pathogen in our society, associated with chronic and eventually fatal lung disease in cystic fibrosis patients, while Pseudomonas syringae species are prominent plant pathogens. The fluorescent pseudomonads are exceptionally nutritionally versatile and this extends to unusual and toxic chemicals, making them one of the most important organisms for understanding biodegradation, and for use in biological control of plant pathogens and bioremediation. In addition they are widespread in the environment, but relatively well conserved compared to many other species. These characteristics have driven researchers to sequence many Pseudomonas genomes and develop an impressive array of genetic and functional genomic tools. Pseudomonas 2007, the Eleventh International Congress on Pseudomonas, was held at the Westin Seattle in Seattle, Washington on August 26-30, 2007. Three hundred and thirty participants attended this meeting from 30 countries. There were 27 invited speakers. There also were 220 posters, among which 22 were chosen for oral presentations. The meeting highlighted the remarkable breadth of the field, while emphasizing the similarities and differences between species in the genera Pseudomonas. Some of these exciting developments are summarized in this review of the talks presented at the meeting.