Characterization of plant growth promoting bacteria from crops in Bolivia

Michael Fürnkranz, Henry Müller, Gabriele Berg*

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The use of plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) is an economically and environmental friendly alternative to the application of chemical fertilizers resp. pesticides in agriculture. To obtain novel bacterial strains that could be used for plant growth promotion (PGP) in the agriculture of Bolivia, plant associated bacteria derived from horseradish tree (Moringa oleifera), sorghum (Sorghum vulgare), sunflower (Helianthus annuus), and safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) were screened for direct and indirect in vitro PGP traits. Subsequently, most promising strains were selected for ad planta studies. According to in vitro experiments, out of 59 tested isolates, 19% were declared as diazotrophs, 41% as solubilizers of phosphorus, 10% were able to reduce the ethylene precursor 1-aminocy-clopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC), and 17% exhibited phytohormone (IAA) synthesis. Only a small proportion of rhizo …
Translated title of the contributionCharakterisierung pflanzenwachstumsfördernder Bakterien von Kulturpflanzen in Bolivien
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
JournalJournal of Plant Diseases and Protection
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009

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  • Basic - Fundamental (Grundlagenforschung)


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