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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 44(12): 1215-1221, Dec. 2011. ilus, tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-606546


Sugarcane is an important agricultural product of Brazil, with a total production of more than 500 million tons. Knowledge of the bacterial community associated with agricultural crops and the soil status is a decisive step towards understanding how microorganisms influence crop productivity. However, most studies aim to isolate endophytic or rhizosphere bacteria associated with the plant by culture-dependent approaches. Culture-independent approaches allow a more comprehensive view of entire bacterial communities in the environment. In the present study, we have used this approach to assess the bacterial community in the rhizosphere soil of sugarcane at different times and under different nitrogen fertilization conditions. At the high taxonomic level, few differences between samples were observed, with the phylum Proteobacteria (29.6 percent) predominating, followed by Acidobacteria (23.4 percent), Bacteroidetes (12.1 percent), Firmicutes (10.2 percent), and Actinobacteria (5.6 percent). The exception was the Verrucomicrobia phylum whose prevalence in N-fertilized soils was approximately 0.7 percent and increased to 5.2 percent in the non-fertilized soil, suggesting that this group may be an indicator of nitrogen availability in soils. However, at low taxonomic levels a higher diversity was found associated with plants receiving nitrogen fertilizer. Bacillus was the most predominant genus, accounting for 19.7 percent of all genera observed. Classically reported nitrogen-fixing and/or plant growth-promoting bacterial genera, such as Azospirillum, Rhizobium, Mesorhizobium, Bradyrhizobium, and Burkholderia were also found although at a lower prevalence.

Biota , Bacteria/genetics , Rhizosphere , /genetics , Soil Microbiology , Saccharum/microbiology , Brazil , Bacteria/classification , DNA, Bacterial/genetics , Fertilizers , Nitrogen , Phylogeny , Plant Roots/microbiology
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 44(3): 182-185, Mar. 2011. ilus, tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-576068


Herbaspirillum seropedicae is an endophytic diazotrophic bacterium, which associates with important agricultural plants. In the present study, we have investigated the attachment to and internal colonization of Phaseolus vulgaris roots by the H. seropedicae wild-type strain SMR1 and by a strain of H. seropedicae expressing a red fluorescent protein (DsRed) to track the bacterium in the plant tissues. Two-day-old P. vulgaris roots were incubated at 30°C for 15 min with 6 x 10(8) CFU/mL H. seropedicae SMR1 or RAM4. Three days after inoculation, 4 x 10(4) cells of endophytic H. seropedicae SMR1 were recovered per gram of fresh root, and 9 days after inoculation the number of endophytes increased to 4 x 10(6) CFU/g. The identity of the recovered bacteria was confirmed by amplification and sequencing of the 16SrRNA gene. Furthermore, confocal microscopy of P. vulgaris roots inoculated with H. seropedicae RAM4 showed that the bacterial cells were attached to the root surface 15 min after inoculation; fluorescent bacteria were visible in the internal tissues after 24 h and were found in the central cylinder after 72 h, showing that H. seropedicae RAM4 is capable of colonizing the roots of the dicotyledon P. vulgaris. Determination of dry weight of common bean inoculated with H. seropedicae SMR1 suggested that this bacterium has a negative effect on the growth of P. vulgaris.

Herbaspirillum/growth & development , Phaseolus/microbiology , Plant Roots/microbiology , Colony Count, Microbial , Herbaspirillum/genetics , Microscopy, Confocal , Microscopy, Fluorescence