Applied and Environmental Microbiology vol:69 pages:6864-6874
Pseudomonas stutzeri A15 is a nitrogen-fixing bacterium isolated from paddy rice. Strain A15 is able to colonize and infect rice roots. This strain may provide rice plants with fixed nitrogen and hence promote plant growth. In this article, we describe the use of dapB-based in vivo expression technology to identify P. stutzeri A15 genes that are specifically induced during colonization and infection (cii). We focused on the identification of P. stutzeri A15 genes that are switched on during rice root colonization and are switched off during free-living growth on synthetic medium. Several transcriptional fusions induced in the rice rhizosphere were isolated. Some of the corresponding genes are involved in the stress response, chemotaxis, metabolism, and global regulation, while others encode putative proteins with unknown functions or without significant homology to known proteins.