A new species of Burkholderia isolated from sugarcane roots promotes plant growth (pages 142–154)
Chanyarat Paungfoo-Lonhienne, Thierry G. A. Lonhienne, Yun Kit Yeoh, Richard I. Webb, Prakash Lakshmanan, Cheong Xin Chan, Phaik-Eem Lim, Mark A. Ragan, Susanne Schmidt and Philip Hugenholtz
Version of Record online: 19 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12105
There is an urgent need to reduce the use of nitrogen fertilizers in industrial agriculture as their heavy use is responsible for tremendous environmental pollution. One of the currently most explored avenues is the application of diazotrophic bacteria. However, the efficacy of bacterial inoculants is variable and their effective formulation remains a knowledge frontier. We propose that culture-independent identification and isolation of bacteria that are enriched in rhizosphere, followed by systematic testing and confirming their growth-promoting capacity is a necessary step towards designing effective microbial inoculants.