Bordetella bronchiseptica is a Gram-negative beta-proteobacteria that colonize the respiratory tracts of mammals, but can also persist in the environment for extended periods. It has a broad host range, causing chronic and often asymptomatic respiratory infections in a wide range of animals, but only occasionally in humans. B. bronchiseptica strain RB50 was isolated from a rabbit.
The B. bronchiseptica strain RB50 genome is composed of a single circular chromosome of 5,338,400 bp, and was sequenced in collaboration with Prof. Duncan Maskell and Dr. Andrew Preston of the Centre for Veterinary Science, Dept. of Clinical Veterinary medicine, University of Cambridge.
A manuscript describing the RB50 genome has been published: Parkhill et al. (2003) Comparative analysis of the genome sequences of Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis and Bordetella bronchiseptica. Nature Genet. 35:32-40.
Please address all sequencing and annotation enquiries to Dr. Julian Parkhill.