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Pseudomonas bacteria are everywhere. They live on plants, in water and soil, and on humans. Each species has its own mechanisms and processes for dealing with these bacteria. For the organism with strong protections in place, coming in contact with these germs is uneventful or mildly irritating, but pseudomonas can cause problems under specific conditions.

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Pseudomonas chlororaphis is a nontoxic bacterium that protects plants from soil-borne pathogens. It produces phenazines, water-soluble crystalline by-products that inhibit the growth of phytopathogenic microbes. Additionally, the IPD072Aa protein derived from P. chlororaphis is added to maize to naturally protect it from coleopterans insects, such as beetles and weevils, that attack crops.

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