Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34, a historical perspective on its discovery, characterization and metal resistance

Max Mergeay, Rob Van Houdt

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Cupriavidus metallidurans, and in particular type strain CH34, became a model bacterium to study bacterial resistance to metals. Although nowadays the routine use of a wide variety of omics and molecular techniques allow refining, deepening and expanding our knowledge on adaptation and resistance to metals, these were not available at the onset of C. metallidurans research starting from its isolation in 1976. This minireview describes the early research and legacy tools used to study its metal resistance determinants, characteristic megaplasmids, ecological niches and environmental applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberfiaa247
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalFEMS Microbiology Ecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021

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