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Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria of the Growth of Cicer arietinum

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Arooj Qaiser, Arsalan Fazal, Maryam Khan, Saba Shamim

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Int. J. Biosci.20( 1), 12-20, January 2022

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/20.1.12-20


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This research was conducted to isolate the rhizospheric bacteria of chickpea plant and to check their effect on its growth. Out of ten bacterial strains isolated, six were checked. They included two strains of Pseudomonas sp., three strains of Bacillus sp. and one strain of Brevibacterium sp. Out of all strains, one Bacillus strain showed good results. The 16s rRNA sequencing showed it Bacillus velezensis MN611255. Early germination, enhanced number of leaves, shoots, roots, and increase in their weight were notable features of B. velezensis as a PGPR. Furthermore, its effect on the flavonoids, total flavonoids, phenols, carbohydrates and chlorophyll content of chickpea plant was more pronounced as compared to the control. PGPR did not show siderophore production but were positive to indole acetic acid and phosphate solubilization. It can be concluded from the observations that indigenous isolated B. velezensis showed promising results as a PGPR. Field trials can help in further elaborating its role as a biofertilizer.



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Effect of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria of the Growth of Cicer arietinum

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