Rhizosphere bacteria from sites with higher fungal densities exhibit greater levels of potential antifungal properties

W. De Boer, A.S. De Ridder-Duine, P.J.A. Klein Gunnewiek, W. Smant, J.A. Van Veen

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    Abstract

    A field study was performed to examine whether an increased density of saprotrophic fungi in the rhizosphere selects for bacteria with traits advantageous to living in a fungal-rich environment. Fast-growing bacteria were isolated from the rhizosphere of Carex arenaria (sand sedge) plants growing in fungal-poor (sand drifts) and fungal-rich (forest) sites in the Netherlands and screened for several potential antifungal properties, namely in vitro antagonism and the production of siderophores, cyanide and lytic enzymes. A higher incidence of putatively antifungal traits was generally found in bacteria isolated from fungal-rich soils, thus supporting the hypothesis that high fungal densities can impose a selection pressure on rhizosphere bacteria.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1542-1544
    JournalSoil Biology & Biochemistry
    Volume40
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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