Adaptation to Xenobiotics and Toxic Compounds by Cupriavidus and Ralstonia with Special Reference to Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 and Mobile Genetic Elements

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The purpose of this book chapter is to give a view of the relationships between mobile genetic elements and genes related to environmental adaptations, and the development of new catabolic properties but also of other properties linked to the survival in anthropogenic (mostly industrial) environments. The insights and knowledge in the genetics and genomics of the β-proteobacteria belonging to the closely related Cupriavidus and Ralstonia genera, with some focus on the genome of Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34, will be central.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiodegradative Bacteria. How Bacteria Degrade, Survive, Adapt, and Evolve
Place of PublicationTokyo, Japan
ISBN (Print)978-4-431-54519-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Acetone, Betaproteobacteria, Biphenyl, Chromid, Cupriavidus, Heavy metals, ICE, Integrative conjugative elements, PCB, Tn 4371, Toluene

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