Experientia

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 201–202 | Cite as

A bacterial extracellular polysaccharide which enhances the attachment, ofAgrobacterium tumefaciens to the plant cell surface

  • S. Kawai
  • A. Kobayashi
  • K. Kawazu
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Summary

Intensive screening, of soil microbial cultures for agglutinating activity ofAgrobacterium tumefaciens resulted in the discovery of a bacterium,Xanthobacter sp. KB-3001, which produced an agglutinin ofA. tumefaciens. This compound is an acidic polysaccharide consisting of glucose and galacturonic acid in the ratio 4∶1. This compound assists the attachment ofA. tumefaciens to plant cells and promotes crown gall formation, owing to its affinity to bothA. tumefaciens and plant cells.

Key words

Agrobacterium tumefaciens agglutination extracellular polysaccharide Xanthobacter sp. cell attachment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Kawai
    • 1
  • A. Kobayashi
    • 1
  • K. Kawazu
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Bioresources Chemistry, Department of Agricultural ScienceOkayama UniversityOkayama(Japan)

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