Beneficial soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis (GB03) augments salt tolerance of white clover

Paul Pare, XP Lu, JP Bai, Y Qiao, Paul Pare, SM Wang, YN Wu, XP Pang, ZL Wang

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Abstract

Soil salinity is an increasingly serious problem worldwide that reduces agricultural output potential. Selected beneficial soil bacteria can promote plant growth and augment tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Bacillus subtilis strain GB03 has been shown to confer growth promotion and abiotic stress tolerance in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Here we examined the effect of this beneficial soil bacterium on salt tolerance in the legume forage crop, white clover. Plants of white clover (Trifolium repens L. cultivar Huia) were grown from seeds with or without soil inoculation of the beneficial soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis GB03 supplemented with 0, 50, 100, or 150 mM NaCl water into soil. Growth parameters, chlorophyll content, malondialdehyde (MDA) content and osmotic potential were monitored during the growth cycle. Endogenous Na+ and K+ contents were determined at the time of harvest. White clover plants grown in GB03-inoculated soil were signi
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
StatePublished - Oct 2014

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