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Study Shows How Groups of Bacteria Can Work Together for Better Protection of Crops

The Science Times

Olive Marie
Certain bacteria, also called plant-growth-promoting-bacteria or PGPB, can improve or shield plant health from pathogens usually used to help crops.

To improve agricultural production further, it is helpful to determine which factors can improve PGPB behavior. Many PGPB are forming communities of cells, also called biofilms, which are helping to stick to plant roots.

According to EurekAlert, a group of researchers in North Carolina and Massachusetts showed interest in discovering other plant-related microbes that could help PGPB "better adhere to plant roots, with the hope that" augmenting the number of PGPB cells attached to roots would increase beneficial activities.

Using a liquid-growth-based approach, the scientists detected multiple strains of bacteria that increased the PGPB's adherence to plant roots over time.

Such results, EurekAlert also reported, specify that the chemical or physical interactions between different microbial species lead to "better long-term maintenance of PGPB on roots."

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