Editor: Ian Head
Exploration of hitherto-uncultured bacteria from the rhizosphere
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2009
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FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Volume 69, Issue 3, pages 313–328, September 2009
How to Cite
Nunes da Rocha, U., Van Overbeek, L. and Van Elsas, J. D. (2009), Exploration of hitherto-uncultured bacteria from the rhizosphere. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 69: 313–328. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00702.x
- Issue published online: 3 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2009
- Received 18 December 2008; revised 7 April 2009; accepted 25 April 2009.Final version published online 8 June 2009.
- hitherto-uncultured bacteria;
- improving culturability
The rhizosphere environment selects a particular microbial community that arises from the one present in bulk soil due to the release of particular compounds in exudates and different opportunities for microbial colonization. During plant–microorganism coevolution, microbial functions supporting plant health and productivity have developed, of which most are described in cultured plant-associated bacteria. This review discusses the state of the art concerning the ecology of the hitherto-uncultured bacteria of the rhizosphere environment, focusing on Acidobacteria, Verrucomicrobia and Planctomycetes. Furthermore, a strategy is proposed to recover bacterial isolates from these taxa from the rhizosphere environment.