The distribution of four classes of related plasmid replication genes (repC) within three field populations of Rhizobium leguminosarum in France, Germany and the UK was investigated using RFLP, PCR-RFLP and plasmid profile analysis. The results suggest that the four repC classes are compatible: when two or more different repC sequences are present in a strain they are usually associated with different plasmids. Furthermore, classical incompatibility studies in which a Tn5-labelled plasmid with a group IV repC sequence was transferred into field isolates by conjugation demonstrated that group IV sequences are incompatible with each other, but compatible with the other repC groups. This supports the idea that the different repC groups represent different incompatibility groups. The same field isolates were also screened for chromosomal (plac12) and symbiotic gene (nodD-F region) variation. Comparison of these and the plasmid data suggest that plasmid transfer does occur within field populations of R. leguminosarum but that certain plasmid-chromosome combinations are favoured.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1998|
- Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae
- natural populations
- CRYPTIC PLASMID
- SYMBIOTIC PLASMIDS