Plant and Soil

, Volume 50, Issue 1–3, pp 553–566 | Cite as

Chemotaxis ofRhizobium sp. Towards root exudate ofCicer Arietinum L.

  • Ramesh R. Gitte
  • P. Vittal Rai
  • R. B. Patil


Root exudate from seedlings ofCicer arietinum L. was collected in a chamber under aseptic conditions. The exudate was fractionated into anion, cation and neutral fractions. The anionic fraction was made up of galacturonic acid, gluconic acid, mannuronic acid and two unidentified compounds withR f values 0.56 and 0.62. The cationic fraction contained alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cystine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine and serine. The neutral fraction was made up of arabinose, galactose, glucose, ribose and xylose. The amino acids contributed to the bulk of the root exudate. The ratio of anionic, cationic and neutral fraction was 1∶7∶2. The crude root exudate was tested for its chemotactic ability using the capillary tube method. It was highly chemotactic for theRhizobium sp. The individual fractions and their various combinations were tested for chemotaxis. The chemotactic response of the Cicer strain of Rhizobium was least with anionic fraction most with cationic fraction and intermediate with neutral fraction. Maximum chemotactic response among the fractional combinations was obtained with all the three fractions and least with cationic plus neutral factions. Individual compounds constituting the various fractions were also tried for their ability to elicit chemotactic response. The organism exhibited maximum positive chemotactic response to histidine and negative response to alanine among the amino acids and to glucose and gluconic acid among the sugars and sugar acids.


Xylose Rhizobium Root Exudate Gluconic Acid Galacturonic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramesh R. Gitte
    • 1
  • P. Vittal Rai
    • 1
  • R. B. Patil
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Agricultural SciencesBangalore

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