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Exploring the exclusion of Bacillus mycoides in plants from the Legume family

Essen, Rick van (2024) Exploring the exclusion of Bacillus mycoides in plants from the Legume family. Scientific Research Project, Science Education and Communication.


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A healthy soil microbiome is a key factor to consider for world food production as specific bacteria are beneficial to plant growth. Finding a new bacterial species to add to soil could mean better agricultural yields. One contender is Bacillus mycoides, an endophytic strain of bacteria capable of nitrogen fixation. However, while able to endo-colonize different plant species, B. mycoides M2E15 was found to be excluded from members of the legume family. Testing the hypothesis that the capacity to endocolonize depends on the growth conditions of the plant, plants from the legume family were subjected to abiotic stress before inoculation. Although no effect of inoculation on plant growth was found, there was an effect on root nodule forming. Although the size of nodules differed between B. mycoides treatments, no effect on nitrogen availability was seen, nor an effect on the growth and photosynthetic capability of legume plants.

Item Type: Thesis (Scientific Research Project)
Supervisor name: Elzenga, J.T.M.
Degree programme: Science Education and Communication
Thesis type: Scientific Research Project
Language: English
Date Deposited: 01 May 2024 14:35
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 11:50

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