Endophytic nifH diversity in African sweetpotato

Birgit Reiter, Helmut Bürgmann, Kornel Burg, Angela Sessitsch

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A cultivation-independent approach was used to identify potentially nitrogen fixing endophytes in seven sweetpotato varieties collected in Uganda and Kenya. Nitrogenase reductase genes (nifH) were amplified by PCR and amplicons were cloned in E. coli. Clones were grouped by restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis and representative nifH genes were sequenced. Resulting sequences had high homologies to nitrogenase reductases from Alpha-, Beta-, and Gamma-Proteobacteria and low G+C Gram-positives, however, about 50% of the sequences derived from rhizobia. Several highly similar or even identical nitrogenase reductase sequences clustering with different bacterial genera and species including Sinorhizobium meliloti, Rhizobium sp. NGR234, Rhizobium etli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Paenibacillus odorifer could be detected in different plants grown in distinct geographic locations. This suggests that these bacterial species preferentially colonize African sweet potato as endophytes, and that the diazotrophic, endophytic microflora is determined to only a low degree by the plant genotype or the soil microflora.
Seiten (von - bis)549-555
FachzeitschriftCanadian Journal of Microbiology
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2003

Research Field

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  • endophytes
  • nitrogenase reductase
  • nifH
  • nitrogen fixation
  • sweetpotato


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