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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2005

Combined bromodeoxyuridine immunocapture and terminal-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis highlights differences in the active soil bacterial metagenome due to Glomus mosseae inoculation or plant species

Artursson, Veronica; Finlay, Roger; Jansson, Janet


High numbers of bacteria are associated with arbus- cular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, but their functions and in situ activities are largely unknown and most have never been characterized. The aim of the present study was to study the impact of Glomus mosseae inoculation and plant type on the active bacterial communities in soil by using a molecular approach, bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) immunocapture in combi- nation with terminal-restriction fragment length poly- morphism (T-RFLP). This approach combined with sequence information from clone libraries, enabled the identification of actively growing populations, within the total bacterial community. Distinct differ- ences in active bacterial community compositions were found according to G.mosseae inoculation, treatment with an antifungal compound (Benomyl) and plant type.The putative identities of the dominant bacterial species that were activated as a result of G.mosseae inoculation were found to be mostly uncultured bacteria and Paenibacillus species. These populations may represent novel bacterial groups that are able to influence the AM relationship and its subsequent effect on plant growth.

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Environmental Microbiology
2005, Volume: 7, number: 12, pages: 1952-1966

    SLU Authors

      • Finlay, Roger

        • Department of Forest Mycology and Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      • UKÄ Subject classification

        Soil Science

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