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Vegetos- An International Journal of Plant Research
Year : 2016, Volume : 29, Issue : 2
First page : ( 58) Last page : ( 62)
Print ISSN : 0970-4078. Online ISSN : 2229-4473.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2229-4473.2016.00022.7

Stimulation of Plant Growth and Drought Tolerance on Wheat by Endophytic Bacteria from Dry Environment

Akbari Disheeta L1,*, Akbari LF2, Golakiya BA1

1Department of Biotechnology, College of Agriculture, Junagadh Agriculture University, Junagadh, Gujarat, India

2Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Junagadh Agriculture University, Junagadh, Gujarat, India

*Corresponding author: Disheeta L Akbari, Department of Biotechnology, College of Agriculture, Junagadh Agriculture University, Junagadh, Gujarat, India, Tel: +91 285 267 2080; E-mail: disheetaakbari@gmail.com

Online published on 23 August, 2016.

Abstract

The four drought tolerant endophytic bacteria isolated from the grasses of Kutch were examined for their ability to increase drought tolerance in wheat growing under water stress condition. The two combination cultures were inoculated on wheat seeds and effect of these bacteria seem to have a developed mechanisms to cope with drought stress fewer than 55% water holding capacity. Their inoculation increased wheat growth, shoot and root biomass, root and shoot length as compared with the control. The potent bacteria from harsh environment are a promising, novel way to improve plant water use efficiency and drought tolerance.

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Keywords

Drought tolerant endophytic bacteria, Inoculation, Water stress, Wheat.

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