The bacterial species is a fish pathogen. Feared by fish farmers everywhere on Earth over the past century, this species has turned out to be more diverse than initially suspected. While some psychrophilic subspecies cannot grow at temperatures above 25 °C or 30 °C, other mesophilic strains growing up to 37 °C and above are now characterized. Adding to the surprising diversity of this species, some of the mesophilic strains infect mammals and birds. The remarkable diversity is explained in part by the presence of numerous mobile genetic elements, which sculpt and modify the genome of the various strains of this species.

This study was supported by the:
  • Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé (Award N/A)
    • Principle Award Recipient: SteveJ Charette

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