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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Use of Selective Agents for Recovery of Rhizobium meliloti from Soil1


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  1. Vol. 43 No. 6, p. 1145-1148
    Received: Oct 16, 1978
    Accepted: July 19, 1979

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  1. Lynn E. Barber2



This study was planned to develop a useful selective medium for differentiating Rhizobium meliloti in soils or inocula. The objective was to define a medium which will permit growth of rhizobia and restrain growth of other microorganisms which might inhibit or mask growth of the desired strains of Rhizobium. A yeast mannitol agar medium reinforced with 500 µg/ml pentachloronitrobenzene, 1.5 µg/ml brilliant green, 1.0 µg/ml sodium azide, and 25 µg/ml Congo red proved to be very effective in differentiating R. meliloti from other species of rhizobia as well as other forms of soil microorganisms native to Oregon. Antibiotic resistance as a marker can also be used in association with the selective medium to study the ecology of rhizobia in soil or other environments. However, antibiotic resistance is apparently not a stable character and deserves frequent testing, particularly in long-term studies.

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