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  1. 1. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 37 (2005) 1970–1974 www.elsevier.com/locate/soilbio Short communication Isolation and characterization of phosphate solubilizing bacteria from the rhizosphere of crop plants of Korea Heekyung Chunga, Myoungsu Parka, Munusamy Madhaiyana, Sundaram Seshadria, Jaekyeong Songb, Hyunsuk Chob, Tongmin Saa,* a Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Chungbuk National University, 48, Gaeshing Dong, Heungduk Gu, Cheongju, Chungbuk 361-763, South Korea b Korean Agricultural Culture Collection (KACC), National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Suwon 441-707, South Korea Received 6 April 2004; received in revised form 22 November 2004; accepted 21 February 2005Abstract Whole-cell fatty acids methyl ester (FAME) profile and 16S rDNA sequence analysis were employed to isolate and identify the bacterialgroups that actively solubilized phosphates in vitro from rhizosphere soil of various crops of Korea. Out of several hundred colonies thatgrew on Pikovskaya’s medium 13 best isolates were selected based on the solubilization of insoluble phosphates in liquid culture and furthercharacterized and identified. They were clustered under the genera Enterobacter, Pantoea and Klebsiella and the sequences of threerepresentative strains were deposited in the GenBank nucleotide sequence data library under the accession numbers AY335552, AY335553,AY335554.q 2005 Published by Elsevier Ltd.Keywords: Phosphate solubilization; Pantoea agglomerans; Enterobacter aerogenes; Klebsiella sp. Microorganisms capable of producing a halo/clear zone Since the knowledge on the diversity of phosphatedue to solubilization of organic acids in the surrounding solubilizing bacteria (PSB) in Korean soils is lagging, anmedium (Singal et al., 1991) are selected as potential attempt to isolate and identify PSB through biochemical andphosphate solubilizers (Das, 1989) and are routinely molecular methods was made. The rhizosphere soil samplesscreened in the laboratory by a plate assay method collected and transferred under aseptic conditions were(Gerretson, 1948) using either Pikovskaya agar (Pikovskaya, stored in an ice pack at 4 8C in the laboratory. One milliliter1948) or Sperber agar (Sperber, 1958). Several reports on of the appropriate (10K5–10K7) dilutions of the soil samplesbacteria and fungi isolated from soil have evaluated their was plated on Pikovskaya’s medium (Pikovskaya, 1948) formineral phosphate solubilizing (MPS) activity with various P the isolation of PSB. The colonies distinguished bysources such as calcium phosphate tribasic [Ca3(PO4)2] producing halo zones, were identified and sub-cultured(Illmer and Schinner, 1995), iron phosphate (FePO4) (Jones (Table 1). As the plate assay is not considered a reliableet al., 1991) and aluminium phosphate (AlPO4) (Illmer et al., method in determining a strain as phosphate solubilizer1995). An increase in P availability to plants through the (Johri et al., 1999), the pure cultures were further screenedinoculation of PSBs has also been reported previously in pot in liquid medium containing Ca3(PO4)2, AlPO4 and FePO4experiments and under field conditions (Banik and Dey, at a concentration of 5 g LK1 as insoluble P sources. The1981; Chabot et al., 1996; deFreitas et al., 1997; Zaidi et al., cultures supernatant obtained by centrifugation was passed2003). through a 0.45 mM Millipore filter (Sartorius) and the inorganic phosphate content of the culture filtrate was determined by the molybdenum blue method (Murphy and * Corresponding author. Tel.: C82 43 261 2561; fax: C82 43 271 5921. Riley, 1962). Autoclaved medium served as a control for E-mail address: tomsa@chungbuk.ac.kr (T. Sa). each set. All the isolates solubilized Ca3(PO4)2 to a greater0038-0717/$ - see front matter q 2005 Published by Elsevier Ltd. extent than AlPO4 and FePO4 with AlPO4 exhibiting poordoi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2005.02.025 solubilization (Table 2). Even the isolates that did not
  2. 2. H. Chung et al. / Soil Biology & Biochemistry 37 (2005) 1970–1974 1971Table 1Location, soil series, crops and colony morphology of PSB isolatesLocation Soil series Crops (scientific name) Isolates Colony morphologyGae Sin Dong Yesan Spring onion (Allium fistulosum L.) HK 11-1 White, slender Yesan Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) HK 14-1 White, circular Yesan Spring onion HK 17-1 White, circular Yesan Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) HK 18-3 White, circularGang Seo Dong Sangju Sesame HK 20-1 White, circular Sangju Pepper HK 23-2 White, circular Sangju Pepper HK 24 White, circularHyeong Dong Ri Sangju Spring onion HK 34-1 White, circular Sangju Spring onion HK 34-2 White, circularSek Pan Ri Sachon Rice (Oryza sativa L.) HK 52-1 White, circularJeung Pyung Sachon Rice HK 68-1 Yellow, circular Sachon Rice HK 68-3 White, circularBong Yang Up Sachon Rice HK 69 White, circularperform well in plate assays exhibited significant phos- DNA (16S rDNA). fD1 (5 0 -AGAGTTTGATCCTGGCT-phates solubilization in the liquid cultures. These isolates CAG-3 0 ) and rP2 (3 0 -ACGGCTACCTTGTTACGACTT-5 0 )presumably identified as PSBs further characterized by a primers (Weisburg et al., 1991) were used. A GeneAmpseries of biochemical reactions as per the Bergey’s Manual PCR System (Perkin–Elmer Co., Norwalk, CT) with Taqof Systemic Bacteriology (Holt et al., 1994) were Gram- DNA polymerase (Promega Co., Southampton, England)negative rods with positive for catalase activity and negative was used for PCR (Park et al., in press). The sequencing wasfor oxidase activity, H2S production, gelatin, starch and performed using Big-Dye Terminator Cycle Sequencinglipid hydrolysis (Table 3). and an ABI Prism 310 Genetic Analyzer (Tokyo, Japan). The isolates were identified based on whole-cell cellular The phylogenetic tree for the data sets was inferred by thefatty acids, derivatized to methyl esters, i.e. FAMEs and neighbor-joining method using the neighbor-joining pro-analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) using the MIDI gram, MEGA version 2.0 (Kumar et al., 1993).system (MIDI, Newark, DE). The analysis was performed The GC-FAME analysis placed most of the isolatesusing the Sherlock Microbial Identification system TSBA under Enterobacter sp., Klebsiella sp., and Pantoea sp. that4.0 software and library general system software version are grouped under one family, Enterobacteriaceae. Results4.1. Qualitative and quantitative differences in the fatty acid of 16S rDNA identification agreed with that of GC-FAMEprofiles were used to compute the distance for each strain for five PSBs at the genus level in Enterobacter andrelative to the strains in the library (Sasser, 1990a,b; Sasser Klebsialla (Table 4). Isolation of bacteria belonging to theand Wichman, 1991). Genomic DNA was extracted by the family Enterobacteriaceae from various soils, and their MPSphenol/chloroform method (Sambrook et al., 1989) and activities has also been reported earlier (Kim et al., 1997,amplified using PCR amplification of the 16S ribosomal 1998; Vassilev et al., 1997, 1999; Remus et al., 2000).Table 2Solubilization of inorganic phosphates by the PSB isolates in liquid culturesIsolates Liquid culture (mg P mLK1) Ca3(PO4)2 AlPO4 FePO4HK 11-1 96.2G5.9 8.0G5.0 18.8G6.3HK 14-1 127.2G2.1 13.8G1.3 22.9G1.7HK 17-1 113.7G3.3 4.3G0.9 4.5G0.9HK 18-3 121.7G2.7 3.7G0.7 10.2G1.1HK 20-1 142.1G2.1 5.1G1.6 24.4G1.1HK 23-2 114.3G8.4 9.9G0.9 18.8G4.3HK 24 136.4G1.1 5.7G0.6 19.3G1.0HK 34-1 138.6G5.7 5.9G1.1 27.2G3.7HK 34-2 126.9G2.2 10.7G1.3 12.6G1.0HK 52-1 107.7G2.1 6.3G0.4 15.5G6.4HK 68-1 119.2G5.3 8.7G0.4 20.7G4.6HK 68-3 107.5G2.2 7.2G0.6 49.1G2.2HK 69 113.0G5.7 4.1G1.7 49.5G4.7Liquid cultures were assayed after seven days. Ca3(PO4)2, tricalcium phosphate; AlPO4, aluminium phosphate; FePO4, ferric phosphate.
  3. 3. 1972 H. Chung et al. / Soil Biology & Biochemistry 37 (2005) 1970–1974Table 3Biochemical characteristics of the PSB isolatesBiochemical reactions PSB isolates HK HK HK HK HK HK HK HK HK HK HK HK HK 11-1 14-1 17-1 18-3 20-1 23-2 24 34-1 34-2 52-1 68-1 68-3 69Gram staining K K K K K K K K K K K K KCatalase C C C C C C C C C C C C COxidase K K K K K K K K K K K K KIMViC test Indole production K K K K K K K K K K K K K Methyl red K K K K K K K K K K K K K Voges-Proskauer C C C C C C C C C C C C C Citrate (Simmons) C C C C C C C C C C C C CLysine decarboxylase K K K C K C K K K K K C CArginine dihydrolase C C C C C K C C K C C K KOrnithine decarboxylase C C C C C K K C K C C K KCarbon source utilization Sucrose C C C C C C C C C C C C C Fructose C C C C C C C C C C C C C Glucose C C C C C C C C C C C C C Glycerol C C C C C C C C C C C C C Maltose C C C C C C C C C C C C C Mannitol C C C C C C C C C C C C C Inositol C C C C C C C C C C C C C Dulicitol K K K K C C C K C K C C K Lactose K K K K C C C K C K C C C Melibiose C C C C C C K C C C C C C D-Raffinose C C C C C C C C C C C C C Sorbitol C C C C C C C C C C C C CH2S production K K K K K K K K K K K K KGelatin hydrolysis K K K K K K K K K K K K KStarch hydrolysis K K K K K K K K K K K K KLipid hydrolysis K K K K K K K K K K K K KC, tested positive/utilized as substrate; K, tested negative/not utilized as substrate.Further, it has been reported that multiple strains of closely nucleotide sequence data library under the followingrelated bacteria to dominate the rhizosphere soils of paddy accession numbers: AY335552 (HK 14-1, P. agglomerans),(Chin et al., 1999). The phylogenetic positions of the four AY335553 (HK 34-2, Klebsiella sp.) and AY335554best performing strains: Enterobacter aerogenes (HK 201, (HK 20-1, E. aerogenes).HK 34-1), Pantoea agglomerans (HK 14-1), Klebsiella sp. Application of bacterial inoculants as biofertilizers has(HK 34-2) is presented in Fig. 1. The sequences of three been reported to result in improved plant growth andrepresentative strains were deposited in the GenBank increased yield (Bashan and Holguin, 1998; Vessey, 2003).Table 4Identification of PSB isolates by GC-FAME and 16S rDNA sequencing from rhizosphere soil samplesIsolate GC-FAME identification Similarity (%) 16S rDNA identification Identity (%)HK 11-1 Enterobacter cancerogenus 64.9 Pantoea sp. 98HK 14-1 Enterobacter cloacae 82.7 Pantoea agglomerans 99HK 17-1 Enterobacter cloacae 82.9 Pantoea sp. 96HK 18-3 Kluyvera ascorbata 37.6 Enterobacter cloacae 99HK 20-1 Klebsiella pneumoniae 14.6 Enterobacter aerogenes 99HK 23-2 Klebsiella pneumoniae 14.6 Klebsiella sp. 98HK 24 Kluyvera ascorbata 60.6 Enterobacter cloacae 99HK 34-1 Kluyvera ascorbata 5.1 Enterobacter sp. 95HK 34-2 Klebsiella pneumoniae 92.1 Klebsiella sp. 98HK 52-1 Klebsiella planticola 83.1 Enterobacter cloacae 99HK 68-1 Enterobacter cancerogenus 7.6 Enterobacter aerogenes 99HK 68-3 Klebsiella pneumoniae 43.8 Klebsiella sp. 99HK 69 Klebsiella pneumoniae 89.1 Klebsiella sp. 98
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