broad host range

broad host range

A term of art referring to an organism’s ability to infect and reproduce in wide range of organisms.
 
Examples
Phages or plasmids that can grow in many different bacterial species, or bacteria which are pathogenic in a range of eukaryotic hosts.
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citri has a fairly broad host range within the Rutaceae, we postulated that detoxifying enzyme levels may vary as a result of rearing D.
Typhimurium infections are less susceptible to traditional antibiotics, which is concerning in light of this pathogen's broad host range and potential to spread antibiotic resistance determinants to other bacteria.
Especially given the broad host range of vaccinia, these findings warrant a substantial effort to characterize further the circulation of vaccinia virus in this region.
This investigation represents a comprehensive approach to characterize and evaluate the broad host range, strictly virulent phage P100, which can infect and kill a majority of Listeria monocytogenes strains.
Many human pathogens inhabit several animal host and environmental reservoirs, and a broad host range is particularly characteristic of emerging diseases (1).
Lyssaviruses can probably adapt with relative ease because their broad host range allows adaptive selection to take place, as evidenced by the emergence of many new cycles in the last 100 years.
ewingii in domestic dogs and ticks in Oklahoma (13), the broad host range of A.