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The whole-genome-sequenced rhizobacterium Bacillus amyloliquefaciens FZB42(T) (Chen et al., 2007) and other plant-associated strains of the genus Bacillus described as belonging to the species Bacillus amyloliquefaciens or Bacillus subtilis are used commercially to promote the growth and improve the health of crop plants. Previous investigations revealed(More)
A single copy of the gfp gene linked with the P(spac) promoter and flanked by the terminal FZB42 amyE sequences was stably integrated into the chromosome of plant growth promoting bacterium Bacillus amyloliquefaciens FZB42 via homologous recombination. A spontaneous mutant, FB01mut, emitting bright fluorescence was detected among the transformants and found(More)
Pine wilt disease (PWD) caused by the pine wood nematode (PWN), Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, is one of the most devastating diseases of Pinus spp. The PWN was therefore listed as one of the most dangerous forest pests in China meriting quarantine. Virulence of the PWN is closely linked with the spread of PWD. However, main factors responsible for the(More)
Plant root exudates have been shown to play an important role in mediating interactions between plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and their host plants. Most investigations were performed on Gram-negative rhizobacteria, while much less is known about Gram-positive rhizobacteria. To elucidate early responses of PGPR to root exudates, we(More)
Plants have developed a wide-range of adaptations to overcome nutrient limitation, including changes to the quantity and composition of carbon-containing compounds released by roots. Root-associated bacteria are largely influenced by these compounds which can be perceived as signals or substrates. Here, we evaluate the effect of root exudates collected from(More)
Colonization studies previously performed with a green-fluorescent-protein, GFP, labeled derivative of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens FZB42 revealed that the bacterium behaved different in colonizing surfaces of plant roots of different species (Fan et al., 2012). In order to extend these studies and to elucidate which genes are crucial for root colonization,(More)
Department of Materials Science, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, and Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), State Key Laboratory for Structural Chemistry of(More)
We demonstrate here a PMMA-mediated nanotransfer printing technique for reliably transferring nanoscale building blocks and sequentially building purpose-directed nanostructures. The utilization of PMMA film as a mediator introduced several features to this transfer approach, such as high efficiency, fidelity, universality, controllability, and multilevel(More)
Bacillus amyloliquefaciens ssp. plantarum FZB42 represents the prototype of Gram-positive plant growth promoting and biocontrol bacteria. In this study, we applied transposon mutagenesis to generate a transposon library, which was screened for genes involved in multicellular behavior and biofilm formation on roots as a prerequisite of plant growth promoting(More)
The colonization of three types of different plants, Zea mays, Arabidopsis thaliana, and Lemna minor, by GFP-labeled Gram-positive rhizobacterium Bacillus amyloliquefaciens FZB42 was studied in gnotobiotic systems using confocal laser scanning microscopy and electron microscopy. It was demonstrated that FZB42 was able to colonize all the plants. On one(More)