Lipopolysaccharide: A Signal in the Establishment of the Rhizobium/Legume Symbiosis?

  • Ruud A. de Maagd
  • Ben J. J. Lugtenberg
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIH, volume 36)


An essential role of lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in the nodulation of legumes by Rhizobia has long been suspected, and the recent isolation of mutants with altered LPSs has given research on this subject new momentum. In this paper we will attempt to give an overview of the data on this subject as well as speculate on the role of this surface molecule in symbiosis.


Rhizobium Leguminosarum Nodule Development Infection Thread Peribacteroid Membrane Bacterial Release 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruud A. de Maagd
    • 1
  • Ben J. J. Lugtenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant Molecular BiologyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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