Erwinia carotovora subsp. atroseptica (recently renamed Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum) is the causative agent of soft rot and blackleg disease in potatoes. E. carotovora belogs to bacterial family Enterobacteriaceae that includes many well studied human pathogens within genera such as Salmonella, Yersinia, and Shigella, as well as the model commensal and pathogenic species Escherichia coli. E. carotovora subsp. atroseptica strain SCRI1043 was isolated from a potato stem with blackleg disease symptoms in 1985 in Perthshire, Scotland.
The E. carotovora subsp. atroseptica strain SCRI1043 genome is composed of a single circular chromosome of 5,064,019 bp, and was sequenced in collaboration with Dr. Ian Toth and Dr. Paul Birch of the Scottish Crop Research Institute, and Prof. George Salmond of the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge.
A manuscript describing the SCRI1043 genome has been published: Bell et al. (2004) Genome sequence of the enterobacterial phytopathogen Erwinia carotovora subsp. atroseptica and characterization of virulence factors. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101:11105-10.
Please address all sequencing and annotation enquiries to Dr. Julian Parkhill.
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