Banana-associated microbial communities in Uganda are highly diverse but dominated by Enterobacteriaceae

Bettina Roßmann, Henry Müller, K. Smalla, S Mpiira, J.B. Tumuhairwe, Gabriele Berg, C. Staver

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Bananas are among the most widely consumed foods in the world. In Uganda, the country with the second largest banana production in the world, bananas are the most important staple food. The objective of this study was to analyze banana-associated microorganisms and to select efficient antagonists against fungal pathogens which are responsible for substantial yield losses. We studied the structure and function of microbial communities (endosphere, rhizosphere, and soil) obtained from three different traditional farms in Uganda by cultivation-independent (PCR-SSCP fingerprints of 16S rRNA/ITS genes, pyrosequencing of enterobacterial 16S rRNA gene fragments, quantitative PCR, fluorescence in situ hybridization coupled with confocal laser scanning microscopy, and PCR-based detection of broad-host-range plasmids and sulfonamide resistance genes) and cultivation-dependent methods. The results …
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4933-4941
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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