Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 18, Issue 2, 2016; Page No.(423-436)

FUNCTIONAL ATTRIBUTES OF SOLANUM KURZII ASSOCIATED BACTERIAL ENDOPHYTES FOR PLANT GROWTH PROMOTION

PRAMOD KUMAR PANDEY, RAMKRISHNA SAMANTA AND RAJ NARAIN SINGH YADAV

Abstract

Bacterial endophytes are the arsenals of internally associated microbes with the plant, nourished in a specific environment which makes them free from the external harsh and changeable ecological conditions. They entered into the plant tissues via several ‘hotspots’ such as root system and mitigate with biotic and abiotic stresses by producing several secondary metabolites, de novo synthesis of structural compounds, induction and expression of plant immunity, exclusion of pathogen from niche competition, phenylpropanoid metabolism and antioxidant activities. A study was undertaken to characterize the endophytic bacteria of Tita baigun (Solanum kurzii; Family: Solanaceae). The fruits of Solanum kurzii are cooked as a vegetable by North East Indians and used as medicine in various disorders. Solanum kurzii are although very important but less studied ethno-medicinal plant and the functional role of their associated microbes remains untapped.

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