Diversity of Rhizobium-Phaseolus vulgaris symbiosis: overview and perspectives. Plant Soil

Plant and Soil (Impact Factor: 2.95). 04/2003; 252(1):11-23. DOI: 10.1023/A:1024199013926


Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) has become a cosmopolitan crop, but was originally domesticated in the Americas and has been grown in Latin America for several thousand years. Consequently an enormous diversity of bean nodulating bacteria have developed and in the centers of origin the predominant species in bean nodules is R. etli. In some areas of Latin America, inoculation, which normally promotes nodulation and nitrogen fixation is hampered by the prevalence of native strains. Many other species in addition to R. etli have been found in bean nodules in regions where bean has been introduced. Some of these species such as R. leguminosarum bv. phaseoli, R. gallicum bv. phaseoli and R. giardinii bv. phaseoli might have arisen by acquiring the phaseoli plasmid from R. etli. Others, like R. tropici, are well adapted to acid soils and high temperatures and are good inoculants for bean under these conditions. The large number of rhizobia species capable of nodulating bean supports that bean is a promiscuous host and a diversity of bean-rhizobia interactions exists. Large ranges of dinitrogen fixing capabilities have been documented among bean cultivars and commercial beans have the lowest values among legume crops. Knowledge on bean symbiosis is still incipient but could help to improve bean biological nitrogen fixation.

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    • "Results indicate that in very young leaves, ethylene is not able to induce leaf senescence, but when the leaves reach a certain level of maturity, ethylene will induce senescence, and as senescence is progressing, the process will run independently of ethylene presence (Fan et al., 2000). Harvested leafy vegetables produce small amounts of ethylene; however, senescence is accelerated if they are stored together with ethylene producing products (Ludford, 2003; Martinez-Romero et al., 2007; Whitaker, 2003). Ethylene can also motivate and accelerate wounding of membranes, loss of chlorophyll and vitamin C, toughening, and undesirable flavor changes (Kader, 2005). "

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    • "Nodulation genes of B. paxllaeri and B. icense belong to clade IV, which is found in rhizobia isolated mostly in subtropical regions from a wide range of legume plants growing in the Mediterranean region, Australia and China (Cardinale et al., 2008; Durán et al., 2013; Ormeño-Orrillo et al., 2013; Stepkowski et al., 2012). It is now recognized that most species of Phaseolus associate preferentially with Bradyrhizobium and only a minority, like P. vulgaris and P. coccineus, prefer to enter in symbiosis with fast growing rhizobial genera like Rhizobium or Sinorhizobium (Martínez-Romero, 2003; Servín- Garcidueñas et al., 2014). Occasionally, fast-growing rhizobia have been isolated from Lima bean in Peru (Matos-Cuzcano et al., 1998; Ormeño et al., 2007; Zúñiga-Dávila, 2007). "
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    • "Also genotype-specific selection by legume depends on the diversity of the rhizobial population present in the soil (Amarger 2001). The large number of rhizobial population that nodulated cowpea in the three locations supports the fact that cowpea is a promiscuous host (Martínez-Romero 2003). Also,Nour et al. (1994)reported high specificity of rhizobial strains for TGx soybean genotype and that soybean genotypes are more specific in the type of rhizobia they nodulate with than cowpea. "
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