Exploration of hitherto-uncultured bacteria from the rhizosphere

U.N. da Rocha, L.S. van Overbeek, J.D. van Elsas

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    The rhizosphere environment selects a particular microbial community that arises from the one present in bulk soil due to the release of particular compounds in exudates and different opportunities for microbial colonization. During plant-microorganism coevolution, microbial functions supporting plant health and productivity have developed, of which most are described in cultured plant-associated bacteria. This review discusses the state of the art concerning the ecology of the hitherto-uncultured bacteria of the rhizosphere environment, focusing on Acidobacteria, Verrucomicrobia and Planctomycetes. Furthermore, a strategy is proposed to recover bacterial isolates from these taxa from the rhizosphere environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-328
    JournalFEMS Microbiology Ecology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


    • microbial community structure
    • soil bacteria
    • plant-growth
    • 16s rdna
    • marine bacterioplankton
    • phylum acidobacteria
    • chemical-processes
    • wheat rhizosphere
    • field conditions
    • analysis reveals


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