Random Facts of Pseudomonas syringae

•The ice nucleation property is expressed by P. syringae by the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Phenylalanin_-_Phenylalanine.svgproduction of proteins. These proteins promote ice nucleation by aligning water molecules along numerous repetitions of 48 different amino acids.
P. Syringae is currently being developed for commercialimage located at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/14/CPSnowmaker.JPG/180px-CPSnowmaker.JPG use at ski and snowboard resorts for the production of ‘fake’ snow.

•Dr. Lindow, a current plant pathologist at the University of California-Berkeley, first discovered P. syringae as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1970’s. He went on to discover the mutant ICE-minus strain.

  • Dr. Hoppe was the first to discover the connection between bacteria and frost damage while working for the U.S. Department of agriculture in the 1960’s.


  • The author of this site chose the organism Pseudomonas syringae because she learned a little about it in a prior class and was intrigued by it's unique capabilities.



  • It's close relatives are known for their unique diversity of metabolic capabilities.





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