Selection of Tn5::lacZ mutants isogenic to wild type Azospirillum brasilense strains capable of growing at sub-optimal temperature
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Azospirillum brasilense strains, CDJA and A40, capable of growing at sub-optimal temperature were tagged with stable chromogenic marker Tn5-lacZ. Mutants were screened for plant growth promoting activities at 20, 22, 25, 30 and 37 °C. Mutants MC48 and MA3 were found to fix nitrogen upto 85% and produced indole acetic acid (IAA) and siderophore in isogenic manner to their respective wild type strains, CDJA and A40, at sub-optimal temperatures. Co-inoculation of mutants with their respective parent (1:1 ratio) to the wheat revealed that colonization potential of the mutants was affected greatly. Tn5-lacZ tagged mutants MC48 and MA3 were found isogenic to their respective wild type Azospirillum strain, with regards to plant growth promoting activities and root colonization ability.
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