Effects of wheat root exudates on bacterial communities in the rhizosphere of watermelon


Shi J.B., Gong X.Y., Khashi u Rahman M., Tian Q., Zhou X.G., Wu F.Z. (2021): Effects of wheat root exudates on bacterial communities in the rhizosphere of watermelon. Plant Soil Environ., 67: 721–728.


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In this study, we investigated the effects of wheat root exudates on soil bacterial communities in the watermelon rhizosphere using quantitative PCR and Illumina MiSeq sequencing. The qPCR results showed that wheat root exudates significantly increased the abundance of total bacteria, Pseudomonas, Bacillus and Streptomyces spp. Illumina MiSeq sequencing results showed that wheat root exudates significantly changed the bacterial community structure and composition. These results indicated that plant root exudates play a role in plant-to-plant signalling, strongly affect the microbial community composition.


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