Incidence of Plasmids in Thermus spp. Isolated in Yellowstone National Park

Michael J. Munster, Ann P. Munster, Richard J. Sharp
1985 Applied and Environmental Microbiology  
Forty-eight strains of Thermus spp. were isolated from thermal sites in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., and 62.5% showed evidence of plasmid DNA. Attempts to assign function to the plasmid DNA were unsuccessful, and the presence of plasmid DNA could not be correlated with antibiotic or heavy metal resistance. A number of these cryptic plasmids are now being investigated for their potential as vectors for molecular cloning in Thermus spp.
doi:10.1128/aem.50.5.1325-1327.1985 fatcat:veltpw7zlbhpnkceedk3fkeux4