Graham O’hara

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Nitrogen fixing rhizobia associated with the Medicago L. genus belong to two closely related species Sinorhizobium medicae and S. meliloti. To investigate the symbiotic requirements of different Medicago species for the two microsymbionts, 39 bacterial isolates from nodules of eleven Medicago species growing in their natural habitats in the Mediterranean(More)
A new species of Archaea was isolated from an industrial mineral sulphide bioleach heap. Strain BH2, a non-motile pleomorphic coccus, was capable of chemomixotrophic growth on ferrous sulphate and yeast extract. Growth was not supported in the absence of yeast extract. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene showed that strain BH2 was most closely(More)
Rhizobium leguminosarum bv trifolii is the effective nitrogen fixing microsymbiont of a diverse range of annual and perennial Trifolium (clover) species. Strain WSM2304 is an aerobic, motile, non-spore forming, Gram-negative rod, isolated from Trifolium polymorphum in Uruguay in 1998. This microsymbiont predominated in the perennial grasslands of Glencoe(More)
Low numbers of rhizobia in soil or inoculants delay nodulation and decrease symbiotic legume productivity. This study investigated the effect of co-inoculation with a helper bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens WSM3457 on the Medicago truncatula - Ensifer (Sinorhizobium) medicae WSM419 symbiosis challenged by a low inoculum dose. In a glasshouse experiment(More)
Ensifer (Sinorhizobium) medicae is an effective nitrogen fixing microsymbiont of a diverse range of annual Medicago (medic) species. Strain WSM419 is an aerobic, motile, non-spore forming, Gram-negative rod isolated from a M. murex root nodule collected in Sardinia, Italy in 1981. WSM419 was manufactured commercially in Australia as an inoculant for annual(More)
To ensure that the majority of nodules on a legume are occupied by the inoculant strain poses a significant challenge to maximising nitrogen fixation in agricultural settings. The aim of this review is to establish a set of common terms with which to classify and interrogate experiments that investigate nodule occupancy in legumes. At least six different(More)
Rhizobium leguminosarum bv trifolii is a soil-inhabiting bacterium that has the capacity to be an effective nitrogen fixing microsymbiont of a diverse range of annual Trifolium (clover) species. Strain WSM1325 is an aerobic, motile, non-spore forming, Gram-negative rod isolated from root nodules collected in 1993 from the Greek Island of Serifos. WSM1325 is(More)
Legumes of the genus Lessertia have recently been introduced to Australia in an attempt to increase the range of forage species available in Australian farming systems capable of dealing with a changing climate. This study assessed the diversity and the nodulation ability of a collection of Lessertia root nodule bacteria isolated from different(More)
This is the published version: Reeve, Wayne, O'Hara, Graham, Chain, Patrick, Ardley, Julie, Brau, Lambert, Nandesena, Kemanthi, Tiwari, Ravi, Malfatti, Stephanie, Kiss, Hajnalka, Lapidus, Alla, Copeland, Alex, Nolan, Matt, Land, Miriam, Ivanova, Natalia, Mavromatis, Konstantinos, Markowitz, Victor, Kyrpides, Nikos, Melino, Vanessa, Denton, Matthew, Yates,(More)
The South African legumes Lotononis bainesii, L. listii and L. solitudinis are specifically nodulated by highly effective, pink-pigmented bacteria that are most closely related to Methylobacterium nodulans on the basis of 16S rRNA gene homology. Methylobacterium spp. are characterized by their ability to utilize methanol and other C1 compounds, but 11(More)