By Shiladitya DasSarma, Melinda Capes, Priya DasSarma (auth.), Edward Schwartz (eds.)

Megaplasmids are extrachromosomal genetic components within the dimension variety of a hundred kb and bigger. they're present in physiologically and phylogenetically assorted teams of micro organism and archaea. by means of definition, megaplasmids aren't crucial for the viability in their hosts less than all progress stipulations, yet satirically many megaplasmids hold the genetic details for the defining and attribute qualities of the organism during which they reside.

Microbial Megaplasmids studies our wisdom of the commonly studied representatives, corresponding to the catabolic plasmids of the pseudomonads, the rhizobial Sym plasmids, the Ti plasmids of the genus Agrobacterium and the enormous enterobacterial virulence plasmids. It additionally provides snapshots of extra lately came upon megaplasmids. The contribution of megaplasmids to the biology in their hosts is defined, highlighting the interactions among megaplasmid and chromosomal genes.

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