Associative and Endophytic Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria and Cyanobacterial Associations

Edited by Elmerich, Claudine; Newton, William E. 
Springer  2007  

Hardcover  321 pp  ISBN 9781402035418      £175.00
This book addresses the issues arising from bacterial colonization of either the plant-root surface or other tissues as well as their modes of doing so. These associations are less formalized than the rhizobia-legume symbiosis but, as more and more of them are discovered, their myriad of effects on their plant hosts is becoming understood. Among the effects, in addition to often providing fixed nitrogen, plant growth can be promoted and plant diseases controlled. An understanding at the molecular level of the mechanisms by which these bacteria benefit crop productivity is an important issue in agriculture.

This book describes the milestones in the discovery of the associative and endophytic nitrogen-fixing bacteria (Azoarcus, Azospirillum, Gluconacetobacter, Herbaspirillum, and others) found intimately involved with cereal crops, forage grasses, and sugar cane. It provides a comprehensive overview of their phylogeny, physiology, and genetics as well as of the biology of their association with their host plants, including tools for in situ localization and population-dynamics analysis.

There are also chapters describing the bacterial functions required for a bacterium to be competent and competitive in the rhizosphere; these include chemotactic response, adhesion and motility, enzymes and secondary-metabolite production, and synthesis of phytohormones, which play an important role in the association with the host plants. In addition, the plant€s response to inoculation is reviewed. The book also provides an up-to-date analysis of the different associations of cyanobacteria with fungi, diatoms, bryophytes, cycads, Azolla, and Gunnera, including the complex regulatory network that controls the differentiation of vegetative cells into nitrogen fixing heterocysts. No other available work provides the up-to-date and in-depth coverage of this volume, which is intended to serve as an indispensable reference work for academic, government, and industrial scientists working in the areas of plant microbiology, ecology, and genetics, including those studying plant growth and biocontrol; to assist students to enter this challenging area of research; and to provide science administrators with ready access to vital relevant information.

Of interest to university libraries, research scientists, agricultural industries, CGIAR institutes, FAO institutes, post-graduate level courses, seminars.


  • Historical Perspective: From Bacterization to Endophytes; C. Elmerich
    1. The Nitrogen Cycle: Heritage from the 19th Century 2. Nutritional Interactions between Bacteria and Plants 3. Associative Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria 4. Discovery of Nitrogen-fixing Endophytes 5. Cyanobacterial Associations 6. Concluding Remarks Acknowledgement References
  • Molecular Phylogeny and Ecology of Root-Associated Diazotrophic a- and ß-Protobacteria; M. Schmid and A. Hartmann
    1. Introduction 2. Tools for Molecular Phylogeny and in situ Localizationof Bacterial Isolates and Communities 3. Molecular Phylogeny and Ecology of Azospirillum and Other Nitrogen-fixing a-Subclass Protobacteria 4. Molecular Phylogeny and Ecology of Herbaspirillum, Diazotrophic Burkholderia spp., and Other Nitrogen-fixing ß-Protobacteria 5. Conclusions and Prospects for Future Studies Acknowledgements References
  • Regulation of Nitrogen Fixation and Ammonium Assimilation in Associative and Endophytic Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria; F. O. Pedrosa and C. Elmerich
    1. Introduction 2. Rhizospheric and Endophytic Bacteria: General Features 3. Structural Organization of nif Genes 4. Identification of RpoN and Its Involvement in Nitrogen Fixation 5. Thr Ntr System and Control of Nitrogen Metabolism and Nitrogen Fixation 6. Regulation of Nitrogen Fixation 7. Conclusions Acknowledgements References
  • Chemotaxis in Soil Diazotrophs: Survival and Adaptive Response; G. Alexandre and I. B. Zhulin
    1. Introduction 2. Gene-Expression Regulation and Chemotaxis as Adaptive Responses to Environmental changes 3. Molecular Mechanism of the Chemotactic Response: Learning from Escherichia coli 4. Directed Motility in Soil Diazotrophs 5. Future Studies References
  • Molecular Genetics of Rhizosphere and Plant-Root Colonization; E. Vanbleu and J. Vanderleyden
    1. Introduction 2. Motility of Associative Diazotrophs 3. Attachment to Plant Roots 4. Rhizosphere Competence 5. Conclusions Acknowledgement References
  • Microbial Production of Plant Hormones; B. E. Baca and C. Elmerich
    1. Discovery of Phytohormones 2. Production and Role of Phytohormones 3. Pathways for Plant Hormone Biosynthesis: Common Routes in Plants, Bacteria and Fungi 4. Major Routes for IAA synthesis in Pathogenic and Beneficial Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria Associated with Plants 5. Multiple Routes for IAA Synthesis in Azospirillum 6. Other Phytohormones Produced by Plant Pathogenic and Nitrogen-fixing Associated and Endophytic Bacteria 7. Plant Growth Promotion (PGP): Role of Bacterial Phytohormone Production, ACC-Deaminase, and the Use of Synthetic Auxins 8. Concluding Remarks Acknowledgement References
  • The Plant Growth-Promoting Effect and Plant Responses; S. Dobbelaere and Y. Okon
    1. N2 Fixation vs. "Hormonal" Effects: Historical Perspectives 2. Effects of Azospirillum and Other Diazotrophs on Root Morphology 3. Effects on Root Function 4. Effects on Plant Growth 5. Future Studies References
  • Biocontrol of Plant Diseases by Associative and Endophytic Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria; R. Bally and C. Elmerich
    1. Beneficial Plant-Associated Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria and Biocontrol of Plant Disease 2. Interactions within Microbial Communities: Competition 3. Biological Control against Soil-Borne Diseases 4. Regulation of Biocontrol Properties and Cell-Cell 5. Plant Response to Pathogens and Biological Control in the Rhizosphere 6. Concluding Remarks Acknowledgements References
  • Endophytic Associations of Azoarcus spp; B. Reinhold-Hurek and T. Hurek
    1. Introduction 2. The Rise of Interest in Diazotrophic Endophytes 3. Azoarcus spp. and related Genera: Strictly Plant-Associated vs. Soil Bacteria 4. Habitats and Ecophysiology 5. Interactions with Fungi 6. Infection of Roots by Endophytic Diazotrophs: An Active Specific Process? 7. Concluding Remarks References
  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Sugarcane; V. Reis, S. Lee and C. Kennedy
    1. Short History of the Sugarcane-Cropping System 2. Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria Colonizing Sugarcane: New Phylogenetic Data, Properties, and Endophytic Status 3. Contribution of BNF to the Sugarcane Crop 4. Effect of N Fertilization on BNF 5. Genes for Nitrogen Fixation and Their Regulation in G. diazotrophicus and H. seropedicae 6. Is Indole Acetic Acid Production an Important Factor in the Ability of G. diazotrophicus to Enhance Growth of Sugarcane? 7. Concluding Remarks Acknowledgements References
  • Heterocyst Differentiation and Nitrogen Fixation in Cyanobacteria; R. Haselkorn
    1. Early History of the Association of Nitrogen Fixation with Heterocysts 2. Cyanobacterial Nitrogenase and nif-Genes Organization 3. Pathway of N Assimilation 4. Carbon Metabolism in Heterocysts 5. Genetic Tools for Studying Cyanobacterial Nitrogen Fixation 6. Regulatory Genes Required for Heterocyst Differentiation 7. Prospects Acknowledgement References
  • Cyanobacterial Associations; B. Bergman, A. N. Rai and U. Rasmussen
    1. Introduction 2. Historical Aspects and Landmarks 3. Symbioses with Diatoms (Algae) 4. Symbioses with Fungi 5. Symbioses with Bryophytes 6. Symbioses with Pteridophytes 7. Symbioses with Cycads 8. Symbiosis with Gunnera 9. Creation of New Symbioses and Prospects Acknowledgements References
  • Prospects for Significant Nitrogen Fixation in Grasses from Bacterial Endophytes; E. W. Triplett
    1. Ultimate Objective of Nitrogen-fixation Research - Nitrogen Fixation in Maize, Wheat and Rice 2. Understanding the Basic Biology of Endophytic Colonization: Using K. pneumoniae 342 as the Model Diazotrophic Endophyute 3. Attributes Needed for a Model Diazotrophic Endophyte 4. Future Work Needed to Replace Nitrogen Fertilizer with Diazotrophic Endophytes

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