Bacterial Adhesion to Plant Root Surfaces

  • F. B. Dazzo
Part of the Life Sciences Research Reports book series (DAHLEM, volume 31)


As plant roots grow, they come into constant contact with microorganisms. Following attachment, the microorganisms may influence plant morphogenesis, nutrition, symbiosis, and pathogenesis. Microbial attachment to plant roots is an important initial event of cellular recognition in infection processes of symbionts and pathogens. This review focuses on the selective attachment in Rhizobium-legume, Azospirillum and Klebsiella-grass, and Agrobacterium-dicot associations as models for understanding detailed biochemical mechanisms of bacterial attachment to roots. These studies emphasize the dynamic, multiphase nature of bacterial attachment to plant host cells and open new avenues for controlling these interactions for man’s benefit.


Root Hair Agrobacterium Tumefaciens Bacterial Adhesion Grass Root Bacterial Attachment 
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© Dr. S. Bernhard, Dahlem Konferenzen, Berlin 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. B. Dazzo
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Microbiology and Public HealthMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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