Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 71, Issue 2, pp 137–144 | Cite as

Simultaneous P-solubilizing and biocontrol activity of microorganisms: potentials and future trends

  • Nikolay VassilevEmail author
  • Maria Vassileva
  • Iana Nikolaeva


Phosphate (P)-solubilizing microorganisms as a group form an important part of the microorganisms, which benefit plant growth and development. Growth promotion and increased uptake of phosphate are not the only mechanisms by which these microorganisms exert a positive effect on plants. Microbially mediated solubilization of insoluble phosphates through release of organic acids is often combined with production of other metabolites, which take part in biological control against soilborne phytopathogens. In vitro studies show the potential of P-solubilizing microorganisms for the simultaneous synthesis and release of pathogen-suppressing metabolites, mainly siderophores, phytohormones, and lytic enzymes. Further trends in this field are discussed, suggesting a number of biotechnological approaches through physiological and biochemical studies using various microorganisms.


Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Rock Phosphate Soluble Phosphate Siderophore Production Biocontrol Activity 
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This work is supported by Project MEC CTM2005-06955 and R&C Programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolay Vassilev
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maria Vassileva
    • 1
  • Iana Nikolaeva
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of SciencesUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Public TechnologyMalardalen UniversityVasterasSweden

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