The transfer of a genetically marked derivative of plasmid RP4, RP4p, from Pseudomonas fluorescens to members of the indigenous microflora of the wheat rhizosphere was studied by using a bacteriophage that specifically lyses the donor strain and a specific eukaryotic marker on the plasmid. Transfer of RP4p to the wheat rhizosphere microflora was observed, and the number of transconjugants detected was approximately 103 transconjugants per g of soil when 107 donor cells per g of soil were added; transfer in the corresponding bulk soil was slightly above the limit of detection. All of the indigenous transconjugants which we analyzed contained a 60-kb plasmid and were able to transfer this plasmid to a Nxr RprP. fluorescens recipient strain. The indigenous transconjugants were identified as belonging to Pseudomonas spp., Enterobacter spp., Comamonas spp., and Alcaligenes spp.
|Journal||Applied and Environmental Microbiology|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|