Streptomyces canus GLY-P2 degrades ferulic and p-hydroxybenzoic acids in soil and affects cucumber antioxidant enzyme activity and rhizosphere bacterial community

  • Fenghui Wu
  • Qinghua Shi
  • Xiu-Juan Wang
  • Zhong-Tao Sun
  • Wanying Wang
  • Xue Li
  • Li-Yuan Guo
  • Ji-Gang BaiEmail author
Regular Article



The present study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of Streptomyces (GLY-P2) in degradation of ferulic acid (FA) and p-hydroxybenzonic acid (PHBA) in the rhizosphere of cucumbers by assaying the alteration of antioxidant enzymes activities and rhizospheric microbial community.


GLY-P2 was isolated, identified as Streptomyces canus, and applied to cucumber-planted soil containing FA and PHBA.


Optimal conditions for FA and PHBA degradation by GLY-P2 were 40 °C, pH 7, and 0.2 g l−1 mixture of FA and PHBA. During the degradation, vanillin, vanillic acid, and protocatechoic acid were metabolites; and activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, ascorbate peroxidase (APX), and dehydroascorbate reductase in GLY-P2 were induced. When inoculated into cucumber-planted soil containing 220 μg g−1 mixture of FA and PHBA, GLY-P2 degraded FA and PHBA in soil, improved plant growth, and decreased malonaldehyde, superoxide radical, and hydrogen peroxide levels in leaves. GLY-P2 also enhanced activities of SOD, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, APX, monodehydroascorbate reductase, dehydroascorbate reductase, and glutathione reductase, increased contents of ascorbate and glutathione, and elevated transcript levels of copper/zinc SOD, manganese SOD, catalase, and APX in leaves. Moreover, GLY-P2 changed soil bacterial richness, diversity, and community composition, and increased phosphatase, catalase, urease, and sucrase activities in rhizospheric soil.


GLY-P2 mitigates FA and PHBA stress in cucumber by activating leaf antioxidant enzymes and affecting soil bacterial community.


Antioxidant enzyme Bacterial community Cucumber Ferulic acid P-Hydroxybenzonic acid Streptomyces canus 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fenghui Wu
    • 1
  • Qinghua Shi
    • 1
  • Xiu-Juan Wang
    • 2
  • Zhong-Tao Sun
    • 2
  • Wanying Wang
    • 2
  • Xue Li
    • 2
  • Li-Yuan Guo
    • 2
  • Ji-Gang Bai
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, College of Horticulture Science and EngineeringShandong Agricultural UniversityTai’anPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, College of Life SciencesShandong Agricultural UniversityTai’anPeople’s Republic of China

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