|SHAPIRO, LORI - Harvard University|
|ROBERTS, DANA - Pennsylvania State University|
|STRAUB, TIMOTHY - Dartmouth College|
|PARK, JIHYE - Massachusetts General Hospital|
|STEPHENSON, ANDREW - Pennsylvania State University|
|LIU, QUIN - Iowa State University|
|SALAAU, ROJAS - Iowa State University|
|BEATTIE, GWYN - Iowa State University|
|GLEASON, MARK - Iowa State University|
|DE MORAES, CONSUELO - Eth Zurich|
|MESCHER, MARK - Eth Zurich|
|FLEISCHER, SHELBY - Pennsylvania State University|
|KOLTER, ROBERTO - Harvard University|
|PIERCE, NAOMI - Harvard University|
|ZHAXYBAYEVA, OLGA - Dartmouth College|
Submitted to: Genome Announcements
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/6/2015
Publication Date: 6/4/2015
Citation: Shapiro, L.R., Scully, E.D., Roberts, D., Straub, T.J., Geib, S.M., Park, J., Stephenson, A.G., Liu, Q., Salaau, R.E., Beattie, G., Gleason, M., De Moraes, C.D., Mescher, M.C., Fleischer, S.G., Kolter, R., Pierce, N., Zhaxybayeva, O. 2015. Draft genome sequence of Erwinia tracheiphila, an economically important bacterial pathogen of cucurbits. Genome Announcements. DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.00482-15.
Interpretive Summary: The bacterial plant pathogen Erwinia tracheiphila causes large scale agricultural losses of cucumber, melons, squashes, pumpkins, and gourds, in the Northeastern United States. It is transmitted to its host plants by the striped cucumber beetle, a common insect pest of gourds. The mechanisms by which this pathogen colonizes the digestive tract of the striped cucumber beetle and invades its plant hosts have remained uncharacterized. To understand the biology of this pathogen, the genome of an Erwinia tracheiphila strain isolated from a wild gourd at the Larsen Agricultural Research Center (The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA) was sequenced and genes related to virulence and pathogenicity were characterized.
Technical Abstract: Erwinia tracheiphila is one of the most economically important pathogen of cucumbers, melons, squashes, pumpkins, and gourds, in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States, yet the molecular pathology remains uninvestigated. Here we report the first draft genome sequence of an E. tracheiphila strain. This sequence, which was of a strain isolated from an infected wild gourd (Cucurbita pepo ssp. texana) plant, indicates the presence of at least 21 prophage elements.