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Journal of Environmental Sciences
Vol. 27, 2015, Pages: 179–187

Genomic analyses of metal resistance genes in three plant growth promoting bacteria of legume plants in Northwest mine tailings, China

Pin Xie, Xiuli Hao, Martin Herzberg, Yantao Luo, Dietrich H. Nies, Gehong Wei

State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on the Loess Plateau, College of Life Science, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100, China.


To better understand the diversity of metal resistance genetic determinant from microbes that survived at metal tailings in northwest of China, a highly elevated level of heavy metal containing region, genomic analyses was conducted using genome sequence of three native metal-resistant plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB). It shows that: Mesorhizobium amorphae CCNWGS0123 contains metal transporters from P-type ATPase, CDF (Cation Diffusion Facilitator), HupE/UreJ and CHR (chromate ion transporter) family involved in copper, zinc, nickel as well as chromate resistance and homeostasis. Meanwhile, the putative CopA/CueO system is expected to mediate copper resistance in Sinorhizobium meliloti CCNWSX0020 while ZntA transporter, assisted with putative CzcD, determines zinc tolerance in Agrobacterium tumefaciens CCNWGS0286. The greenhouse experiment provides the consistent evidence of the plant growth promoting effects of these microbes on their hosts by nitrogen fixation and/or indoleacetic acid (IAA) secretion, indicating a potential in-site phytoremediation usage in the mining tailing regions of China.

Keyowrds: Plant growth promoting bacteria; Metal resistance gene; Legume–rhizobia symbiosis.

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