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Use of an organic buffer for the selection of acid tolerantRhizobium meliloti strains

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Nine media used to grow rhizobia were examined for their ability to maintain a stable low pH during the growth ofR. meliloti Large fluctuations in the pH of all media were recorded within 72 h, indicating their unsuitability for use in the selection of acid tolerant rhizobia. Morpholino-ethanesulphonic acid (MES) was assessed for its ability to buffer the pH of the media whilst still permitting rapid growth ofR. meliloti, R. trifolii, andBr. lupini. With 30.7 mM MES, the pH of a defined medium containing galactose, arabinose, and glutamate did not change from the initial value of 5.5 even though rhizobial numbers increased from 104 to 109 cells.ml−1. Even at a buffer concentration of 15.3 mM, pH only increased from 5.5 to 5.6. There was no effect of the buffer on rhizobial growth.

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Howieson, J.G. Use of an organic buffer for the selection of acid tolerantRhizobium meliloti strains. Plant Soil 88, 367–376 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02197493

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Key words

  • Acid tolerance
  • Artificial media
  • Buffer
  • Rhizobium meliloti