This is from a U.K. Institute of Food Research press release: To find out more, the IFR team took the first comprehensive look at the differences between the populations of E. coli growing on crop plants and populations in the mammalian gut.
Strains found to vary genetically throughout a given field
Strains found on lleaf surfaces formed biofilms, presumed protective against desiccation, more readily
Leaf surface strains used sucrose & other plant-derived sugars more readily
Clear evidence of environmental selection
The findings could be valuable in food safety/protection.
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