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Standing at the crossroads: having defined their pathogenicity at length, can we now exploit the beneficial properties of Burkholderia bacteria?

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The presentation will outline the problematic nature of Burkholderia bacteria as cystic fibrosis lung infection pathogens, plant disease causing agents, and industrial contaminants of pharmaceuticals and home/personal care products. This will be contrasted with the beneficial properties of Burkholderia bacteria as antibiotic producers, biopesticides and plant-beneficial bacteria. Using genetics and genomics to untangle the negatives versus the positives of their biology will be highlighted, and ultimately lead to a discussion on whether genetic modification can be used to create safe Burkholderia biopesticides in future.

This talk is part of the Tea Club Seminars series.

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