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Arch Microbiol. 1992;157(3):264-71.

Siderophore and organic acid production in root nodule bacteria.

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Nitrogen Fixation Research Group, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia.


Nineteen strains of root nodule bacteria were grown under various iron regimes (0.1, 1.0 and 20 microM added iron) and tested for catechol and hydroxamate siderophore production and the excretion of malate and citrate. The growth response of the strains to iron differed markedly. For 12 strains (Bradyrhizobium strains NC92B and 32H1, B. japonicum USDA110 and CB1809, B. lupini WU8, cowpea Rhizobium NGR234, Rhizobium meliloti strains U45 and CC169, Rhizobium leguminosarum bv viciae WU235 and Rhizobium leguminosarum bv trifolii strains TA1, T1 and WU95) the mean generation time showed no variation with the 200-fold increase in iron concentration. In contrast, in Bradyrhizobium strains NC921, CB756 and TAL1000, B. japonicum strain 61A76 and R. leguminosarum bv viciae MNF300 there was a 2-5 fold decrease in growth rate at low iron. R. meliloti strains WSM419 and WSM540 showed decreased growth at high iron. All strains of root nodule bacteria tested gave a positive CAS (chrome azurol S) assay for siderophore production. No catechol-type siderophores were found in any strain, and only R. leguminosarum bv trifolii T1 and bv viciae WU235 produced hydroxamate under low iron (0.1 and 1.0 microM added iron). Malate was excreted by all strains grown under all iron regimes. Citrate was excreted by B. japonicum USDA110 and B. lupini WU8 in all iron concentrations, while Bradyrhizobium TAL1000, R. leguminosarum bv viciae MNF300 and B. japonicum 61A76 only produced citrate under low iron (0.1 and/or 1.0 microM added iron) during the stationary phase of growth.

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