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Revista argentina de microbiología

Print version ISSN 0325-7541On-line version ISSN 1851-7617


ROJAS-ROJAS, Fernando U et al. The controversial Burkholderia cepacia complex, a group of plant growth promoting species and plant, animals and human pathogens. Rev. argent. microbiol. [online]. 2019, vol.51, n.1, pp.84-92. ISSN 0325-7541.

The Burkholderia cepacia complex is a group of 22 species, which are known as opportunistic pathogens in immunocompromised people, especially those suffering from cystic fibrosis. It is also found in nosocomial infections and is difficult to eradicate due to intrinsic resistance to several antibiotics. The species have large genomes (up to 9 Mbp), distributed into 2-5 replicons. These features significantly contribute to genome plasticity, which makes them thrive in different environments like soil, water, plants or even producing nodules in legume plants. Some B. cepacia complex species are beneficial in bioremediation, biocontrol and plant-growth promotion. However, because the B. cepacia complex is involved in human infection, its use in agriculture is restricted. B. cepacia complex is being constantly studied due to the health problems that it causes and because of its agricultural potential. In this review, the history of B. cepacia complex and the most recently published information related to this complex are revised.

Keywords : Burkholderia cepacia complex; Opportunistic pathogen; PGPR.

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