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World J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2016 Jul;32(7):120. doi: 10.1007/s11274-016-2074-8. Epub 2016 Jun 4.

Methylotrophic bacteria in sustainable agriculture.

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Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University, Gwalior, MP, 474-005, India.
Department of Environmental Engineering, Konkuk University, Seoul, 143-701, Republic of Korea.
Department of Environmental Engineering, Konkuk University, Seoul, 143-701, Republic of Korea.


Excessive use of chemical fertilizers to increase production from available land has resulted in deterioration of soil quality. To prevent further soil deterioration, the use of methylotrophic bacteria that have the ability to colonize different habitats, including soil, sediment, water, and both epiphytes and endophytes as host plants, has been suggested for sustainable agriculture. Methylotrophic bacteria are known to play a significant role in the biogeochemical cycle in soil ecosystems, ultimately fortifying plants and sustaining agriculture. Methylotrophs also improve air quality by using volatile organic compounds such as dichloromethane, formaldehyde, methanol, and formic acid. Additionally, methylotrophs are involved in phosphorous, nitrogen, and carbon cycling and can help reduce global warming. In this review, different aspects of the interaction between methylotrophs and host plants are discussed, including the role of methylotrophs in phosphorus acquisition, nitrogen fixation, phytohormone production, iron chelation, and plant growth promotion, and co-inoculation of these bacteria as biofertilizers for viable agriculture practices.


Biofertilizer; Methylotrophic bacteria; Nitrogen fixation; Phosphorus acquisition; Plant growth promotion; Sustainable agriculture

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