Theses and Dissertations


Peng Deng

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Lu, Shien

Committee Member

Smith, James L.

Committee Member

Thornton, Justin A.

Committee Member

Baird, Richard E.

Committee Member

Sabanadzovic, Sead

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Entomology and Plant Pathology

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology


Burkholderia contaminans MS14 shows excellent antimicrobial activities against a wide range of pathogens. Complete sequence analysis reveals that the MS14 genome harbors multiple gene loci that contribute to its antimicrobial activities and lacks key virulence features commonly found in pathogenic Burkholderia species. A mutagenesis study identified the genes required for MS14 antibacterial activities and gene expression profiling targeted a polyketide synthase (PKS) gene cluster. Site-specific mutagenesis confirmed the PKS gene cluster is directly related to MS14 antibacterial activities and the PKS gene product is predicted to be the MS14 antibacterial compound. Strain UFB2 isolated from Mississippi shows significant antifungal and antibacterial activities. UFB2 was classified to be Pseudomonas chlororaphis and its complete genome sequence was reported in this study. Green house trails showed P. chlororaphis strain UFB2 could efficiently reduce the disease severity of bacterial canker of tomato, by significantly inhibiting the growth of the pathogen Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. michiganensis. The research findings of B. contaminans MS14 and P. chlororaphis UFB2 have provided insights into the development of MS14 antibacterial compound for agricultural application and potential use of strain UFB2 as a biocontrol agent.