Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Exploring the Potential of Frankia

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

Exploring the Potential of Frankia

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Frankia are nitrogen-fixing bacteria that live symbiotically in the roots of actinorhizal plants. A new study shows these bacteria have the genetic capacity to produce products such as antibiotics, herbicides, and anticancer agents (7) Researchers used bioinformatic analysis of three strains of Frankia to identify dozens of biosynthetic gene clusters--that is, genes used by Frankia to manufacture the compounds it needs to survive and thrive. Products have not been observed or characterized for most of these biosynthetic pathways, but this analysis predicts many that are structurally similar to valuable compounds such as vancomycin.

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