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Root surface colonization by Azospirillum brasilense Cd of tomato, pepper and cotton plants under normal growth conditions and soybean plants under normal and water-stress conditions was monitored by scanning electron microscopy and bacterial counts. A. brasilense Cd was capable of efficiently colonizing the elongation and root-hair zones of all four plant(More)
Inoculation and incubation of wild type Azospirillum brasilense Cd (agg +) in pure quartz sand resulted in cell attachment to sand particles by a network made up of various sizes and shapes of fibrillar material. Inoculation of sand with an aggregate-deficient mutant of strain Cd (agg-) resulted in no detectable fibrillar formation. Initial attachment ratio(More)
Certain strains of Bradyrhizobium japonicum form a previously unknown polysaccharide in the root nodules of soybean plants (Glycine max (L.) Merr.). The polysaccharide accumulates inside of the symbiosome membrane-the plant-derived membrane enclosing the bacteroids. In older nodules (60 days after planting), the polysaccharide occupies most of the(More)
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