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|Title: ||Cadmium-induced and trans-generational changes in the cultivable and total seed endophytic community of Arabidopsis thaliana|
|Authors: ||Truyens, Sascha|
|Issue Date: ||2016|
|Citation: ||PLANT BIOLOGY, 18 (3), p. 376-381|
|Abstract: ||Trans-generational adaptation is important to respond rapidly to environmental challenges and increase overall plant fitness. Besides well-known mechanisms such as epigenetic modifications, vertically transmitted endophytic bacteria might contribute to this process. The cultivable and total endophytic communities of several generations of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds harvested from plants exposed to cadmium (Cd) or not exposed were investigated. The diversity and richness of the seed endophytic community decreased with an increasing number of generations. Aeromicrobium and Pseudonocardia were identified as indicator species in seeds from Cd-exposed plants, while Rhizobium was abundantly present in both seed types. Remarkably, Rhizobium was the only genus that was consistently detected in seeds of all generations, which suggests that the phenotypic characteristics were more important as selection criteria for which bacteria are transferred to the next plant generation than the actual genera. Production of IAA was an important trait for endophytes from both seed types, while ACC deaminase activity and Cd tolerance were mainly associated with seed endophytes from Cd-exposed plants. Understanding how different factors influence the seed endophytic community can help us to improve seed quality and plant growth through different biotechnological applications.|
J. Vangronsveld, Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Agoralaan building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.
|ISI #: ||000374349000004|
|Type: ||Journal Contribution|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research publications|
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