Diversity and significance of Burkholderia species occupying diverse ecological niches
Article first published online: 25 JUL 2003
Volume 5, Issue 9, pages 719–729, September 2003
How to Cite
Coenye, T. and Vandamme, P. (2003), Diversity and significance of Burkholderia species occupying diverse ecological niches. Environmental Microbiology, 5: 719–729. doi: 10.1046/j.1462-2920.2003.00471.x
- Issue published online: 25 JUL 2003
- Article first published online: 25 JUL 2003
- Received 19 February, 2003; accepted 4 April, 2003.
Members of the genus Burkholderia are versatile organisms that occupy a surprisingly wide range of ecological niches. These bacteria are exploited for biocontrol, bioremediation and plant growth promotion purposes, but safety issues regarding human infections, especially in cystic fibrosis patients, have not been solved. This minireview gives an overview of the taxonomic and ecological diversity of the genus with particular emphasis on strains belonging to the Burkholderia cepacia complex and addresses the important question whether ‘good’ and ‘bad’ strains are actually the same.