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Quorum Sensing in Nitrogen Fixation

  • Jie Gao
  • Anzhou Ma
  • Xuliang Zhuang
  • Guoqiang Zhuang
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Abstract

Soil microbial activity in the rhizosphere has the effects on soil biodiversity and quality and the health of plants, thus affecting the stability and productivity of above-ground plant parts. Amazingly complex interactions exist within the unseen underground environment, including root-root, root-insect, and root-microbe interactions, which can have both positive and negative outcome (Bais et al. 2006). Over the past decade, studies of the rhizosphere have revealed that when roots, microorganisms, and soil fauna physically contact one another, bioactive molecular exchanges often mediate these interactions as intercellular signal, which prepare the partners for successful interactions. These signal molecules are derived from multiple types of biosynthesis and provide cell-signaling networks to control the individual physiological process.

Keywords

Nitrogen Fixation Quorum Sense Quorum Sense System Exopolysaccharide Production Symbiotic Plasmid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jie Gao
    • 1
  • Anzhou Ma
    • 1
  • Xuliang Zhuang
    • 1
  • Guoqiang Zhuang
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental SciencesChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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