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Journal of Chemical Ecology

Anatomical, Morphological, and Phytochemical Effects of Inoculation with Plant Growth- Promoting Rhizobacteria on Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Lorena del Rosario Cappellari, Maricel Valeria Santoro, Herminda Reinoso, Claudia Travaglia, Walter Giordano, Erika Banchio

Departamento Biología Molecular, FCEFQyN, Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Campus Universitario, 5800, Río Cuarto, Argentina.


Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) generally exert their effects through enhancement of plant nutrient status and/or phytohormone production. The effects of PGPR on aromatic plant species are poorly known. We measured plant growth parameters, chlorophyll content, trichome density, stomatal density, and levels of secondary metabolites in peppermint (Mentha piperita) seedlings inoculated with PGPR strains Bacillus subtilis GB03, Pseudomonas fluorescens WCS417r, P. putida SJ04, or a combination of WCS417r+SJ04. The treated plants, in comparison with controls, showed increases in shoot biomass, root biomass, leaf area, node number, trichome density, and stomatal density, and marked qualitative and quantitative changes in monoterpene content. Improved knowledge of the factors that control or affect biosynthesis of secondary metabolites and monoterpene accumulation will lead to strategies for improved cultivation and productivity of aromatic plants and other agricultural crops without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Keywords: Glandular trichome Mint Secondary metabolites Stomatal density Lamiaceae sustainable agriculture.

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