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S. Croes, N. Weyens, J. Janssen, H. Vercampt, J.V. Colpaert, R. Carleer and J. Vangronsveld Bacterial communities associated with Brassica napus L. grown on trace element-contaminated and non-contaminated fields: a genotypic and phenotypic comparison Microbial Biotechnology 6

Version of Record online: 18 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12057

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Cultivable bacterial strains associated with field-grown Brassica napus L. (soil, rhizosphere and roots) from a trace elements (Cd, Zn and Pb) contaminated field and a non-contaminated control field were characterised genotypically and phenotypically. Local conditions play a more important role in influencing the composition of (rhizosphere) soil bacterial communities than root exudates. Endophytic communities of roots showed a correlation between fields, suggesting that plants on the two fields contain similar obligate endophytes derived from a common seed endophytic community.

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