The genomic code: inferring Vibrionaceae niche specialization

Nat Rev Microbiol. 2006 Sep;4(9):697-704. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro1476. Epub 2006 Aug 7.


The Vibrionaceae show a wide range of niche specialization, from free-living forms to those attached to biotic and abiotic surfaces, from symbionts to pathogens and from estuarine inhabitants to deep-sea piezophiles. The existence of complete genome sequences for closely related species from varied aquatic niches makes this group an excellent case study for genome comparison.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ecosystem
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Genome, Bacterial*
  • Humans
  • Phylogeny
  • Seawater / microbiology*
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Vibrionaceae / classification
  • Vibrionaceae / genetics*
  • Vibrionaceae / pathogenicity
  • Vibrionaceae / physiology