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Adela García-Salamanca, M. Antonia Molina-Henares, Pieter van Dillewijn, Jennifer Solano, Paloma Pizarro-Tobías, Amalia Roca, Estrella Duque and Juan L. Ramos Bacterial diversity in the rhizosphere of maize and the surrounding carbonate-rich bulk soil Microbial Biotechnology 6

Version of Record online: 6 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-7915.2012.00358.x

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Maize is the most widely grown grain crop in the world. Maize yields are influenced by the physicochemical properties of the soil and climate conditions. We have analysed microbial diversity in the rhizosphere and bulk soil of maize plants and have found that the number of microbes per gram of soil increases in the rhizosphere, whereas biodiversity in terms of phyla tends to decrease. Gammaproteobacteria of the genus Pseudomonas and Lysobacter were the predominant species found in rhizosphere soil.

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