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Complete genome sequence of Bacillus thuringiensis strain HD521
Wednesday, 2015/09/23 | 07:52:45

Qiao Li1, Li Z. Xu1, Ting Zou1, Peng Ai1, Gang H. Huang1, Ping Li1 2 * and Ai P. Zheng1 2 *

Standards in Genomic Sciences 2015, 10 :62  doi:10.1186/s40793-015-0058-1



Bacillus thuringiensis is the most widely used biological pesticide in the world. It belongs to the Bacillus cereus sensu lato group, which contains six species. Among these six species, B. thuringiensis, B. anthracis, and B. cereus have a low genetic diversity. B. thuringiensis strain HD521 shows maroon colony which is different from most of the B. thuringiensis strains. Strain HD521 also displays an ability to inhibit plant sheath blight disease pathogen (Rhizoctonia solani AG1 IB) growth and can form bipyramidal parasporal crystals consisting of three cry7 genes. These crystals have an insecticidal activity against Henosepilachna vigintioctomaculata larva (Coleoptera). Here we report the complete genome sequence of strain HD521, which has one chromosome and six circular plasmids.


For more details, read the open access paper published in the journal Standards in Genomic Sciences.


Fig. 3. Circular representation of chromosome of HD521 performing relevant genome features. From outside to center; Genes on forward strand (colored genes annotated into COG categories), Genes on reverse strand (colored genes annotated into COG categories), G + C content (black), and G + C skew


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