Microbes and Environments
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Lysinibacillus xylanilyticus Strain GIC41 as a Potential Plant Biostimulant
Nusrat AhsanMalek MarianHaruhisa SugaMasafumi Shimizu
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2021 Volume 36 Issue 4 Article ID: ME21047


To identify Lysinibacillus strains with the potential to function as plant biostimulants, we screened 10 previously isolated Lysinibacillus strains from the rhizosphere and soil for their plant growth-promoting (PGP) effects. In vitro tests showed that all strains produced indole-3-acetic acid. In primary screening, the PGP effects of these strains were assessed on spinach seedlings grown on Jiffy-7 pellets; strains GIC31, GIC41, and GIC51 markedly promoted shoot growth. In secondary screening, the PGP efficacies of these three strains were examined using spinach seedlings grown in pots under controlled conditions. Only GIC41 exerted consistent and significant PGP effects; therefore, it was selected for subsequent experiments. The results of 6-week glasshouse experiments revealed that GIC41 markedly increased shoot dry weight by ca. 12–49% over that of the control. The impact of fertilization levels on the PGP efficacy of GIC41 was investigated using pot experiments. The application of a specific level of fertilizer was required for the induction of sufficient PGP effects by this strain. The phylogenetic ana­lysis based on the 16S rDNA sequence identified GIC41 as L. xylanilyticus. Collectively, these results show the potential of strain GIC41 to function as a plant biostimulant.

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