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FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2009 Sep;69(3):313-28. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00702.x. Epub 2009 Jun 6.

Exploration of hitherto-uncultured bacteria from the rhizosphere.

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Wageningen University and Research Centre, Plant Sciences Group, 6708PB Wageningen, The Netherlands.


The rhizosphere environment selects a particular microbial community that arises from the one present in bulk soil due to the release of particular compounds in exudates and different opportunities for microbial colonization. During plant-microorganism coevolution, microbial functions supporting plant health and productivity have developed, of which most are described in cultured plant-associated bacteria. This review discusses the state of the art concerning the ecology of the hitherto-uncultured bacteria of the rhizosphere environment, focusing on Acidobacteria, Verrucomicrobia and Planctomycetes. Furthermore, a strategy is proposed to recover bacterial isolates from these taxa from the rhizosphere environment.

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