Diversification of LESB58 grown in the presence (closed circles) or absence (open circles) of antibiotics. Forty isolates of LESB58 from each culture were characterised using 13 traits (colony morphology, pyocyanin production, hypermutability, auxotrophy, susceptibility to 6 antibiotics and the presence/absence of 3 genomic regions). Therefore, 120 isolates were analysed for each experimental and control group across the 3 replicate populations. Isolates with different traits were identified as being a different haplotype. 3 replicate populations from each of the following treatments were analysed: LB (18 hours), ASM, and ASM with ceftazidime (+ CAZ), ASM with colistin (+CT), ASM with meropenem (+MEM), ASM with tobramycin (+TOBI), ASM with azithromycin (+AZT). (A) Number of novel haplotypes found within each replicate population. (B) Haplotype diversity found within each replicate population, defined as the probability of two randomly picked haplotypes being non-identical. (C) The colony forming units found within each replicate population following culture. P-values represent comparisons with ASM alone.
Wright et al. BMC Microbiology 2013 13:170 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-13-170