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Tolerance to environmental stress by the nitrogen-fixing actinobacterium Frankia and its role in actinorhizal plants adaptation

  • Mariama Ngom
  • Rediet Oshone
  • Nathalie Diagne
  • Maimouna Cissoko
  • Sergio Svistoonoff
  • Louis S. Tisa
  • Laurent Laplaze
  • Mame Ourèye Sy
  • Antony ChampionEmail author


Environmental stresses are caused by human activities or natural events. Several of them including salinity, heavy metals, and extreme temperature affect both soil characteristics and plant growth and productivity. Actinorhizal plants are pioneer species that are able to grow in poor soils and improve soil fertility. They are widely used in agroforestry for different purposes including reclamation of degraded and contaminated lands. This capacity is mainly due to the plants forming a nitrogen-fixing symbiosis with actinobacteria known as Frankia. In comparison to uninoculated plants, plants in symbiosis with Frankia have significantly improved plant growth, total biomass, and nitrogen and chlorophyll content which enhance the development of actinorhizal plants and their resistance to abiotic stresses. However, to optimize the adaptation of actinorhizal species to different environments, selection of both symbiotic partners is necessary. Frankia strains vary in their sensitivity and response to stress including salinity, heavy metals, extreme pH and drought. In this paper, we review the response of different Frankia strains to environmental stresses and their role that they play in the adaptation of actinorhizal plants to stressful conditions.


Frankia Actinorhizal plants Environmental stresses Effective symbiosis 



Our work is supported in part by the IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), the AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) through the inter-regional doctoral college in food and plant biotechnology (CD-BIOVEGAGRO), a JGI Community Sequencing Programme (CSP 580) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hatch 022821.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariama Ngom
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rediet Oshone
    • 4
  • Nathalie Diagne
    • 1
    • 5
  • Maimouna Cissoko
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 6
  • Sergio Svistoonoff
    • 1
    • 3
    • 6
  • Louis S. Tisa
    • 4
  • Laurent Laplaze
    • 1
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  1. 1.Laboratoire Mixte International Adaptation des Plantes et Microorganismes Associés aux Stress Environnementaux (LAPSE)Centre de Recherche de Bel AirDakarSénégal
  2. 2.Laboratoire Campus de Biotechnologies Végétales, Département de Biologie Végétale, Faculté des Sciences et TechniquesUniversité Cheikh Anta DiopDakar BPSénégal
  3. 3.Laboratoire Commun de Microbiologie IRD/ISRA/UCAD, Centre de Recherche de Bel AirDakarSénégal
  4. 4.Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical SciencesUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  5. 5.Centre National de Recherches AgronomiquesInstitut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (CNRA/ISRA)BambeySénégal
  6. 6.Laboratoire des Symbioses Tropicales et Méditerranéennes (IRD/INRA/CIRAD/Université Montpellier/Supagro)MontpellierFrance
  7. 7.Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)MontpellierFrance

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