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Plant and Soil

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 167-171

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Antibiotic resistance of soil bacteria

I. Antibiotic resistance of bacteria from rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils
  • Peter J. HarrisAffiliated withMicrobiological Unit, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • , Malcolm WoodbineAffiliated withMicrobiological Unit, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Nottingham

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Summary

A total of 560 bacterial isolates from four rhizosphere and eight non-rhizosphere soils were examined for resistance to 7 antibiotics. There were marked differences between the overall levels of antibiotic resistance found in the different soils. The rhizosphere populations were not consistently more antibiotic resistant than their corresponding non-rhizosphere soils.