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    Abstract - Issue May 2017, 38 (3)                                     Back

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Characterization of plant growth promoting rhizobia from root nodule of Mimosa pudica grown in Assam, India


B. Singha1, P. B. Mazumder1* and P. Pandey2

1Department of Biotechnology, Assam University, Silchar-788 011, India

2Department of Microbiology, Assam University, Silchar-788 011, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail:  




Key words

16S rDNA,


Mimosa pudica,






Publication Data

Paper received : 08.01.2016

Revised received : 23.05.2016

Re-revised received : 30.09.2016

Accepted : 06.10.2016



Aim: Rhizobia are diverse group of soil microorganisms that can form nodule in the roots of leguminous plants and fixes atmospheric nitrogen. In the present study, an attempt was made to characterize the plant growth promoting rhizobia from root nodules of Mimosa pudica grown in Assam.


Methodology: The bacterial isolates were investigated for their phenotypic features. Plant growth promoting abilities of the isolates were determined by conducting different tests. Genotypic characterization of the isolates was carried out by 16S rDNA PCR-RFLP and 16S rDNA gene sequencing. Symbiotic efficiency of the isolates was determined by nodulation test.


Results: The isolates showed similarity in colony morphology, shape and Gram staining, but showed variation in biochemical features. Most of the isolates produced indole acetic acid, ammonia and solubilized inorganic phosphate. Dendrogram based on PCR-RFLP analysis of 16S rDNA gene revealed significant diversity among the isolates. Phylogenetic analysis of the isolates, based on 16S rDNA gene sequences, revealed that SMP2, HMP1 and DMP2 isolates were closely related to Burkholderia mimosarum PAS44, while KMP1 was closely related to Mesorhizobium loti MAFF303099.   


Interpretation: The present study revealed that bacterial strains from Burkholderia genera were the major symbionts of Mimosa pudica grown in Assam. The isolates obtained in the present study possesed plant growth promoting abilities and could be used as a potent inoculants in future. 



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