Induction of systemic resistance, root colonisation and biocontrol activities of the rhizospheric strain of Serratia plymuthica are dependent on N-acyl homoserine lactones

Y. Pang, X. Liu, Y. Ma, L. Chernin, Gabriele Berg, K. Gao

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Quorum sensing regulation, mediated by N-acyl homoserine lactone signals, produced by strain Serratia plymuthica HRO-C48 isolated from the rhizosphere of oilseed rape, was found to be responsible for this strain’s ability to produce the broad spectrum antibiotic pyrrolnitrin. In this study, we have shown that some other biocontrol-related traits of strain HRO-C48, such as protection of cucumbers against Pythium apahnidermatum damping-off disease, induced systemic resistance to Botrytis cinerea grey mold in bean and tomato plants, and that colonisation of the rhizosphere also depends on AHL signalling. The results prove that quorum sensing regulation may be generally involved in interactions between plant-associated bacteria, fungal pathogens and host plants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-268
JournalEuropean Journal of Plant Pathology
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2008

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