Use of rifampicinresistant bacterial biocontrol strains for monitoring survival in soil and colonisation of pea seedling roots


  • N. Bolstridge
  • S. Card
  • A. Stewart
  • E.E. Jones



Spontaneous rifampicinresistant strains of two bacterial biocontrol agents Bacillus subtilis and Paenibacillus polymyxa with potential to control Aphanomyces euteiches root rot of peas were used to assess bacterial survival in soil and colonisation of pea seedling roots The growth and biocontrol characteristics of the rifampicinresistant strains were similar to the wild type isolates In two nonsterile soils (Methven and Courtenay) both bacterial strains survived at least 28 days when applied as inoculum containing high endospore numbers However when applied as mostly cells no bacteria were recovered Bacteria applied as seed coat formulations colonised both the rhizosphere and rhizoplane of the resulting pea seedlings with higher recovery from the top 04 cm root section compared with the bottom 58 cm section Apart from the top root section for P polymyxa where there was no difference in the recovery between the rhizoplane and rhizosphere recovery of the bacteria was higher in the rhizoplane compared with the rhizosphere




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Bolstridge, N., S. Card, A. Stewart, and E.E. Jones. “Use of Rifampicinresistant Bacterial Biocontrol Strains for Monitoring Survival in Soil and Colonisation of Pea Seedling Roots”. New Zealand Plant Protection 62 (August 1, 2009): 34–40. Accessed February 25, 2024.




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