Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

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Applied aspects of Rhodococcus genetics

  • Michael J. Larkin
  • René De Mot
  • Leonid A. Kulakov
  • István Nagy


Eubacteria of the genus Rhodococcus are a diverse group of microorganisms commonly found in many environmental niches from soils to seawaters and as plant and animal pathogens. They exhibit a remarkable ability to degrade many organic compounds and their economic importance is becoming increasingly apparent. Although their genetic organisation is still far from understood, there have been many advances in recent years. Reviewed here is the current knowledge of rhodococci relating to gene transfer, recombination, plasmid replication and functions, cloning vectors and reporter genes, gene expression and its control, bacteriophages, insertion sequences and genomic rearrangements. Further fundamental studies of Rhodococcus genetics and the application of genetic techniques to the these bacteria will be needed for their continued biotechnological exploitation.

Rhodococcus genetics plasmids cloning vectors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Larkin
    • 1
  • René De Mot
    • 2
  • Leonid A. Kulakov
    • 3
  • István Nagy
    • 2
  1. 1.The Questor Centre and School of Biology and BiochemistryThe Queen's University of BelfastBelfastUK
  2. 2.F.A. Janssens Laboratory of GeneticsCatholic University of LeuvenHeverleeBelgium
  3. 3.The Questor Centre and School of Biology and BiochemistryThe Queen's University of BelfastBelfastUK

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