Perturbation of maize rhizosphere microflora following seed bacterization with Burkholderia cepacia MCI 7

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Introduction of a large quantity of exogenous microorganisms may disrupt a local ecosystem and affect the natural microflora. In this work we investigated the effects of the introduction of a plant growth promoting strain of Burkholderia cepacia into the rhizosphere of maize on both indigenous B. cepacia populations and microbial community structure of total culturable bacteria using the concept of r/K strategy. Moreover we studied the distribution of bacterial populations in the root system at various soil depths. Seed bacterization was used as application method. Root colonization of the introduced strain occurred mainly on roots close to the plant stem, whereas indigenous B. cepacia was recovered at higher amounts from the lower parts of root systems of mature plants. As far as total culturable bacteria are concerned, an almost uniform distribution in the root system of mature plants was observed. The release of the exogenous bacterial strain affected mainly the microbial populations of young growing plants rather than mature plants. Indeed it caused only short-term perturbations in the microbial community of maize rhizosphere. Colonization of maize roots by indigenous B. cepacia was not significantly affected by the presence of the exogenous strain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183 - 193
Number of pages11
JournalFEMS Microbiology Ecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology

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