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Phylogenetic background and habitat drive the genetic diversification of Escherichia coli

Touchon, Marie; Perrin, Amandine; de Sousa, Jorge Andre Moura; Vangchhia, Belinda; Burn, Samantha; O'Brien, Claire L.; Denamur, Erick; Gordon, David; Rocha, Eduardo P.C.


Escherichia coli is mostly a commensal of birds and mammals, including humans, where it can act as an opportunistic pathogen. It is also found in water and sediments. We investigated the phylogeny, genetic diversification, and habitat-association of 1,294 isolates representative of the phylogenetic diversity of more than 5,000 isolates from the Australian continent. Since many previous studies focused on clinical isolates, we investigated mostly other isolates originating from humans, poultry,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS Genetics
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008866
Access Rights: Open Access


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