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Trends Microbiol. 1998 Apr;6(4):139-44.

Life in grasses: diazotrophic endophytes.

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Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany. reinhold@mailer.uni-marburg.de

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  • Trends Microbiol 1998 May;6(5):202.

Abstract

N2-fixing bacteria such as Azoarcus spp., Herbaspirillum spp, and Acetobacter diazotrophicus can infect the interior of gramineous plants without causing symptoms of plant disease but do not survive in soil. Like phytopathogens, they can penetrate into central tissues and spread systemically. There is no evidence for an endosymbiosis in living plant cells; however, the bacteria are physiologically active in the plant apoplast.

PMID:
9587190
DOI:
10.1016/s0966-842x(98)01229-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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