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Evolutionary history of Ralstonia Solanacearum inferred from MLSA


We used multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA) on a worldwide collection of the plant pathogenic Ralstonia solanacearum (Betaproteobacteria) to retrace its complex evolutionary history. Using genetic imprints left during Ralstonia solanacearum evolution, we were able to delineate distinct evolutionary complex displaying contrasting dynamics. Among the phylotypes already described (I, IIA, IIB, III, IV), eight groups of strains with distinct evolutionary patterns, named clades, were identified. From our recombination analysis, we identified 21 recombination events that occurred within and across these lineages. Although appearing the most divergent and ancestral phylotype, phylotype IV was inferred as a gene donor for the majority of the recombination events that we detected. Whereas this phylotype apparently fuelled the species diversity, ongoing diversification was mainly detected within phylotype I, IIA and III. These three groups presented a recent expanding population structure, a high level of homologous recombination, and evidences of long distance migrations. Factors such as adaptation to a specific host or intense trading of infected crops may have promoted this diversification. Whether Ralstonia solanacearum lineages will eventually evolve in distinct species remains difficult to predict. The intensification of cropping and increase of geographical dispersion may favour situations of phylotype sympatry and promote higher exchange of key factors for host adaptation from their common genetic pool. (Résumé d'auteur)


Vegetal Biology
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hal-01202949 , version 1 (22-09-2015)


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Emmanuel Wicker, Pierre Lefeuvre, Jean-Charles de Cambiaire, Christophe Lemaire, Stéphane Poussier, et al.. Evolutionary history of Ralstonia Solanacearum inferred from MLSA. 10èmes Rencontres plantes-bactéries, Jan 2012, Aussoies, France. ⟨hal-01202949⟩
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