Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 71, Issue 2, pp 137–144

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

  • Nikolay Vassilev
  • Maria Vassileva
  • Iana Nikolaeva
Mini-Review

Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolay Vassilev
    • 1
  • 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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