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Todd Klaenhammer, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Eric Altermann, North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Fabrizio Arigoni, Nestle Research Center
Alexander Bolotin, Genetique Microbienne
Fred Breidt, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Jeffrey Broadbent, Utah State University
Raul J. Cano, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoFollow
Stephane Chaillou, Flore Lactique et Environment Carne
Josef Deutscher, Laboratoire de Genetique des Microogranismes
Mike Gasson, Institute of Food Research
Maarten van de Guchte, Genetique Microbienne
Jean Guzzo, Laboratoire de Microbiologie
Axel Hartke, Laboratoire de Microbiologie de l'Environment Carne
Trevor Hawkins, Joint Genome Institute Production Genomic Facility
Pascal Hols, Unite de Genetique
Robert Hutkins, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Michiel Kleerebezem, Wageningen Center for Food Sciences
Jan Kok, University of Groningen
Oscar Kuipers, University of Groningen
Mark Lubbers, Fonterra Research Center
Emmanuelle Maguin, Genetique Microbienne
Larry McKay, University of Minnesota - St. Paul
David Mills, University of California - Davis
Arjen Nauta, Corporate Research FCDF
Ross Overbeek, International Geonomics Inc.
Herman Pel, DSM Food Specialties
David Pridmore, Nestle Research Center
Milton Saier, University of California - San Diego
Douwe van Sinderen, University College Cork
Alexei Sorokin, Genetique Microbienne
James Steele, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Daniel O'Sullivan, University of Minnesota - St. Paul
Willem de Vos, Wageningen Center for Food Sciences
Bart Weimer, Utah State University - Logan
Monique Zagorec, Universite de Caen, Caen Cedex
Roland Siezen, University of Nijmegen


This review summarizes a collection of lactic acid bacteria that are now undergoing genomic sequencing and analysis. Summaries are presented on twenty different species, with each overview discussing the organisms fundamental and practical significance, environmental habitat, and its role in fermentation, bioprocessing, or probiotics. For those projects where genome sequence data were available by March 2002, summaries include a listing of key statistics and interesting genomic features. These efforts will revolutionize our molecular view of Gram-positive bacteria, as up to 15 genomes from the low GC content lactic acid bacteria are expected to be available in the public domain by the end of 2003. Our collective view of the lactic acid bacteria will be fundamentally changed as we rediscover the relationships and capabilities of these organisms through genomics.



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