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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2001 Aug;4(4):343-50.

Molecular basis of plant growth promotion and biocontrol by rhizobacteria.

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  • 1Leiden University, Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 64, 2333 AL, Leiden, The Netherlands.


Plant-growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPRs) are used as inoculants for biofertilization, phytostimulation and biocontrol. The interactions of PGPRs with their biotic environment, for example with plants and microorganisms, are often complex. Substantial advances in elucidating the genetic basis of the beneficial effects of PGPRs on plants have been made, some from whole-genome sequencing projects. This progress will lead to a more efficient use of these strains and possibly to their improvement by genetic modification.

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