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RHIZOSTABILIZATION OF METALS IN SOILS USING LUPINUS LUTEUS INOCULATED WITH THE METAL RESISTANT RHIZOBACTERIUM SERRATIA SP. MSMC541

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The aim of this work was to test Lupinus luteus plants, inoculated with metal resistant rhizobacteria, in order to phytostabilise metals in contaminated soils. The resistance to heavy metals of strains isolated from nodules of Lupinus plants was evaluated. The strain MSMC541 showed multi-resistance to several metals (up to 13.3 mM As, 2.2 mM Cd, 2.3 mM Cu, 9 mM Pb and 30 mM Zn), and it was selected for further characterization. Furthermore, this strain was able to biosorb great amounts of metals in cell biomass. 16S rDNA sequencing positioned this strain within the genus SERRATIA. The presence of arsenic resistance genes was confirmed by southern blot and PCR amplification. A rhizoremediation pot experiment was conducted using Lupinus luteus grown on sand supplemented with heavy metals and inoculated with MSMC541. Plant growth parameters and metal accumulation were determined in inoculated vs. non-inoculated Lupinus luteus plants. The results showed that inoculation with MSMC541 improved the plant tolerance to metals. At the same time, metal translocation to the shoot was significantly reduced upon inoculation. These results suggest that Lupinus luteus plants, inoculated with the metal resistant strain SERRATIA sp. MSMC541, have a great potential for phytostabilization of metal contaminated soils.
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Keywords: enterobacteriaceae; gamma-proteobacteria; heavy metals; legumes; rhizoremediation; yellow lupines

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Microbiology and Molecular Biology,University Mohamed V- Agdal, Faculty of Sciences, Rabat, MOROCCO 2: Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Pharmacy,University of Sevilla, SPAIN

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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