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Type: Journal article
Title: Analysis of the endophytic actinobacterial population in the roots of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) by Terminal Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (T-RFLP) and sequencing of 16S rRNA clones
Author: Conn, V.
Franco, C.
Citation: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2004; 70(3):1787-1794
Publisher: Amer Soc Microbiology
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0099-2240
Organisation: Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG)
Abstract: The endophytic actinobacterial population in the roots of wheat grown in three different soils obtained from the southeast part of South Australia was investigated by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) analysis of the amplified 16S rRNA genes. A new, validated approach was applied to the T-RFLP analysis in order to estimate, to the genus level, the actinobacterial population that was identified. Actinobacterium-biased primers were used together with three restriction enzymes to obtain terminal restriction fragments (TRFs). The TRFs were matched to bacterial genera by the T-RFLP Analysis Program, and the data were analyzed to validate and semiquantify the genera present within the plant roots. The highest diversity and level of endophytic colonization were found in the roots of wheat grown in a dark loam from Swedes Flat, and the lowest were found in water-repellent sand from Western Flat. This molecular approach detected a greater diversity of actinobacteria than did previous culture-dependent methods, with the predominant genera being Mycobacterium (21.02%) in Swedes Flat, Streptomyces (14.35%) in Red Loam, and Kitasatospora (15.02%) in Western Flat. This study indicates that the soil that supported a higher number of indigenous organisms resulted in wheat roots with higher actinobacterial diversity and levels of colonization within the plant tissue. Sequencing of 16S rRNA clones, obtained using the same actinobacterium-biased PCR primers that were used in the T-RFLP analysis, confirmed the presence of the actinobacterial diversity and identified a number of Mycobacterium and Streptomyces species.
RMID: 0020077405
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.70.3.1787-1794.2004
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