Role of Plant-Microorganism Interactions in Plant Tolerance to Arsenic

  • Anna Kowalczyk
  • Dariusz Latowski


In this chapter, the review of the newest reports on plant-microbe interactions in plant tolerance to arsenic (As) is presented in two aspects. One is the bacteria effect on regulation of As availability in growth environment of the plant, and the second is direct influence of them on plant organism tolerance to As. The role of As oxidization or reduction mechanisms which were developed by microbes colonizing soil or water in plant tolerance to As is discussed. The meaning of rhizospheric bacteria contribution to bioavailability of elements such as phosphorus, iron, silicon or As, by mineral solubilization, as well as the significance of the bacteria siderophores in plant As tolerance is also explained. As and Fe released from iron(III) arsenate by symbiotic bacteria of As-hyperaccumulator fern, Pteris vittata, are not omitted. The role of As-resistant representatives of plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) group in the reduction of As uptake by plants from contaminated soil is also described. Considering novel aspects of plant-microbe interactions under As stress, the content of this chapter refines previous knowledge about plant physiology in terms of As tolerance and in the field of As-resistant plant-microbe model application in environment remediation.


Metalloids Phytoremediation Plant-microbe interaction Pteris vittata Soil pollution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Kowalczyk
    • 1
  • Dariusz Latowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Department of Plant Physiology and BiochemistryJagiellonian University in KrakowKrakowPoland

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