The main objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that isolating and characterizing bacterial suspensions (undefined consortia) from the root/rhizosphere of rice will contribute to the selection of mixtures of rhizobacteria with better growth-promoting activity of rice plants. Bacterial consortia were obtained from roots/rhizosphere soil samples of rice plants grown under upland and irrigated production systems. Those undefined consortia were subjected to five consecutive passes every 7 days in NFb (N-free broth) semisolid medium. Thereafter, strains of each growth-promoting consortia were isolated by plating on three different culture media. Then, undefined consortia, as well as mix and single bacterial strains, were characterized in terms of indoleacetic acid production, nitrogen fixation capacity, and growth promotion of rice plants. Of the 72 consortia analyzed, 41.7 % and 50.0 % increased nitrogenase activity and the production of indolic compounds, respectively, after 5 continuous passes in NFB medium. Three undefined consortia, 11 single strains and 5 strain mixtures, exhibited plant growth promotion in rice plants under greenhouse conditions. Continuous enrichment in Nfb medium of undefined consortia from root/rhizosphere soil is a good strategy for the selection of plant growth-promoting bacteria for rice plants.