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Title: Endophytic Bacteria and their Potential Application to Improve the Phytoremediation of Contaminated Environments
Authors: Mastretta, Chiara
Barac, Tanja
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Newman, Lee
Taghavi, Safiyh
Van Der Lelie, Daniël
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews, 23. p. 175-207
Abstract: Endophytic bacteria seem to have a ubiquitous existence in most, if not all, higher plant species without causing disease symptoms. Therefore, they seem to be ideal to complement certain metabolic properties of their host plant, such as the fixation of nitrogen or the detoxification of contaminants. This review describes the ecology of endophytic bacteria and a number of natural beneficial interactions between endophytic bacteria and their plant host, such as diazotrophy. It also exploits the possibilities of using endophytic bacteria as carriers of new metabolic properties, which should assist the host plant in degrading organic contaminants or detoxifying heavy metals that presently cause a problem for phytoremediation. Finally, we will discuss the potential of horizontal gene transfer as a tool to adapt the metabolic capability of the endogenous endophytic community to better deal with specific environmental contaminants.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/1538
Link to publication: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/224834290_Endophytic_Bacteria_and_their_Potential_Application_to_Improve_the_Phytoremediation_of_Contaminated_Environments
DOI: 10.1080/02648725.2006.10648084
ISSN: 0264-8725
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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