Influence of plant development, cultivar and soil type on microbial colonization of maize roots

An understanding of the environmental factors affecting size and composition of rhizosphere microbial populations is important when introducing exogenous microorganisms in the rhizosphere of crop plants for plant growth promotion

Luigi Chiarini; Annamaria Bevivino; Claudia Dalmastri; Carlo Nacamulli; Silvia Tabacchioni

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • An understanding of the environmental factors affecting size and composition of rhizosphere microbial populations is important when introducing exogenous microorganisms in the rhizosphere of crop plants for plant growth promotion
  • The influence of plant development, cultivar and soil characteristics on the total rhizosphere microbial population and community structure of maize plants was investigated using the concept of r/K strategy
  • Soil type had a marked influence on the microbial population of maize rhizosphere
  • Plant development and soil type have a marked influence on the rhizosphere microflora of maize, whereas cultivar type does not have a role

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