Send to

Choose Destination
Curr Opin Microbiol. 1999 Dec;2(6):641-6.

Bacteroid formation in the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis.

Author information

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.


During the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis, bacteria enter the cells of host plants and differentiate into nitrogen-fixing bacteroids. Recent mutant screens and expression studies have revealed bacterial genes involved in the developmental pathway and demonstrate how the genetic requirements can vary from one host-microbe system to another. Whether bacteroids are terminally differentiated cells is an ongoing debate and new experimental systems are required to address this issue.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center