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Ecological Significance of Siderophores in Soil

  • P. Bossier
  • M. Hofte
  • W. Verstraete
Part of the Advances in Microbial Ecology book series (AMIE, volume 10)

Abstract

Among the extracellular secondary metabolites, microbial iron-chelating compounds, also called siderophores, have received considerable attention. The ecological interest in these compounds is gradually increasing, especially in terms of the possible function of these compounds in soil The current increasing interest and research on bacterial siderophores is to a great extent linked to investigations on the inoculation of plant seeds with fluorescent Pseudomonas spp. that are considered to produce siderophores counteracting deleterious microorganisms in the root zone. The research on the ecology of fungal siderophores has been focused on the role of the fungal siderophores in the acquisition of iron by plants. Much of the knowledge on siderophores is based on observations in vitro. There are, however, considerable differences between the environmental circumstances in soil and in synthetic media. Given these facts, it is of interest to consider the points on which the ecological research on siderophores should focus in order to obtain a better understanding of their role in the soil environment. It is our intention in this chapter to review the ecological significance of siderophores in natural environments such as the soil.

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Ecological Significance Neurospora Crassa Axenic Culture Siderophore Production Penicillium Chrysogenum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Bossier
    • 1
  • M. Hofte
    • 1
  • W. Verstraete
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Microbial EcologyUniversity of GhentGhentBelgium

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