Rhizobium-Legume Symbiosis and Nitrogen Fixation under Severe Conditions and in an Arid Climate
relationship between the bacteria genus Rhizobium and leguminous plants and Soybeans (Glycine max). In Fabales: Ecological and economic importance . (symbiosis) between legumes and Rhizobium bacteria, nitrogen gas (N2) is fixed. rhizobia. Rhizobia are special bacteria that can live in the soil or in nodules formed on Once the relationship between plant and rhizobia is established, the plant supplies the . Examples of using the cross-inoculation groups for selecting the that using soybean rhizobia with soybean forms an effective symbiosis, while. The Rhizobium-legume (herb or tree) symbiosis is suggested to be the ideal solution to The element nitrogen, or “azote,” meaning “without life,” as Antonie Lavoisier . Inputs of fixed N for alfalfa, red clover, pea, soybean, cowpea, and vetch were management of the symbiotic relationship between plants and bacteria.
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Nod factors are perceived by Nod-factor receptors e. Direct binding of Nod factors to the extracellular LysM domains of the receptor complex leads to activation of the downstream nodulation signaling pathways Broghammer et al. Specificity in Nod-factor binding is widely thought to be critical for recognition between the prospective symbiotic partners. This hypothesis has been strongly supported by genetic evidence even though such binding specificity has not been demonstrated.
The best examples are from the pea-R. In this case, allelic variation coupled with gene duplication and diversification contribute to alterations in symbiotic compatibility. Nod factor recognition presumably plays a more critical role in determining host range at species level, which has been best illustrated on the bacterial side. However, natural polymorphisms in Nod-factor receptors that are responsible for nodulation specificity between different legumes have not been well studied at the genetic level, simply because the plants cannot be interbred.
Specificity Mediated by Perception of Rhizobial Exopolysaccharides In addition to Nod factors, rhizobial surface polysaccharides such as exopolysaccharides EPSlipopolysaccharides LPSand capsular polysaccharides KPS are also thought to be important for establishing symbiotic relationships Fraysse et al.
These surface components are proposed to be able to suppress plant defense, but their active roles in promoting bacterial infection and nodulation remain elusive and are dependent on the specific interactions studied. Exopolysaccharides have been shown to be required for rhizobial infection in multiple symbiotic interactions.
This has been best illustrated in the Sinorhizobium-Medicago symbiosis, in which succinoglycan, a major EPS produced by S. For instance, a subset of EPS mutants of M.
It was proposed that full-length EPS serves as a signal to compatible hosts to modulate plant defense responses and allow bacterial infection, and R7A mutants that make no EPS could avoid or suppress the plant surveillance system and therefore retain the ability to form nodules. In contrast, strains that produce modified or truncated EPS trigger plant defense responses resulting in block of infection Kelly et al.
EPS production is common in rhizobial bacteria, and the composition of EPS produced by different species varies widely Skorupska et al. Several studies have suggested the involvement of the EPS structures in determining infective specificity Hotter and Scott, ; Kannenberg et al.
Interestingly, Epr3 gene expression is contingent on Nod-factor signaling, suggesting that the bacterial entry to the host is controlled by two successive steps of receptor-mediated recognition of Nod factor and EPS signals Kawaharada et al. The receptor-ligand interaction supports the notion that EPS recognition plays a role in regulation of symbiosis specificity.
However, natural variation in host-range specificity that results from specific recognition between host receptors and strain-specific EPS has not been demonstrated in any legume-rhizobial interactions. It is noteworthy that acidic EPS of bacterial pathogens also promote infection to cause plant disease Newman et al. Thus, rhizobial EPS might also be recognized by host immune receptors to induce defense responses that negatively regulate symbiosis development.
Rj4 encodes a thaumatin-like defense-related protein that restricts nodulation by specific strains of B. The function of these genes is dependent on the bacterial type III secretion system and its secreted effectors Krishnan et al. These studies indicate an important role of effector-triggered immunity in the regulation of nodulation specificity in soybeans.
Many rhizobial bacteria use the type III secretion system to deliver effectors into host cells to promote infection, and in certain situations, the delivered effector s are required for Nod-factor independent nodulation as demonstrated in the soybean-B. On the other hand, however, recognition of the effectors by host resistance genes triggers immune responses to restrict rhizobial infection. The nodulation resistance genes occur frequently in natural populations, raising a question why host evolve and maintain such seemingly unfavorable alleles.
This could happen because of balancing selection, as the same alleles may also contribute to disease resistance against pathogens, considering that some rhizobial effectors are homologous to those secreted by bacterial pathogens Dai et al. Alternatively, legume may take advantage of R genes to exclude nodulation with less efficient nitrogen-fixing strains and selectively interact with strains with high nitrogen fixation efficiency, which is the case of the soybean Rj4 allele.
A single dominant locus, called NS1, was also identified in M.BASF Inoculants - The Basics Behind Rhizobia Bacteria
Unlike R gene-controlled host specificity in soybeans, which depends on bacterial type III secretion system, Rm41 strain lacks genes encoding such a system. It will be interesting to know what host gene s control this specificity and what bacterial signals are involved. Specificity in Nitrogen Fixation Symbiotic specificity is not confined to the early recognition stages; incompatible host-strain combinations can lead to formation of nodules that are defective in nitrogen fixation Fix.
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For example, a screen of a core collection of Medicago accessions using multiple S. The Fix- phenotype was not due to a lack of infection but caused by bacteroid degradation after differentiation Yang et al. Host genetic control of nitrogen fixation specificity is very complicated in the Medicago-Sinorhizobium symbiosis, involving multiple linked loci with complex epistatic and allelic interactions.
By using the residual heterozygous lines identified from a recombination inbred line population, Zhu and colleagues were able to clone two of the underlying genes, namely NFS1 and NFS2, that regulate strain-specific nitrogen fixation concerning the S.
The NFS1 and NFS2 peptides function to provoke bacterial cell death and early nodule senescence in an allele-specific and rhizobial strain-specific manner, and their function is dependent on host genetic background.
NCRs were previously shown to be positive regulators of symbiotic development, essential for terminal bacterial differentiation and for maintenance of bacterial survival in the nodule cells Van de Velde et al. The genomes of M. These NCR genes, similar to bacterial type III effectors or MAMPs, can play both positive and negative roles in symbiotic development and both roles are associated with the antimicrobial property of the peptides.
On one hand, the host uses this antimicrobial strategy for promoting terminal bacteroid differentiation to enhance nitrogen fixation efficiency Oono and Denison, ; Oono et al. On the other hand, some rhizobial strains cannot survive the antibacterial activity of certain peptide isoforms. The vulnerability of particular bacterial strains in response to a peptide is contingent on the genetic constitution of the bacteria as well as the genetic background of the host.
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It was proposed that this host-strain adaptation drives the coevolution of both symbiotic partners, leading to the rapid amplification and diversification of the NCR genes in galegoid legumes Wang et al. Host-range specificity in the ability to fix nitrogen has also been documented in legumes e. In soybeans, this type of incompatibility was associated with the induction of phytoalexin accumulation and hypersensitive reaction in the nodule cells Parniske et al.
No NCR genes exist in the soybean genome, implying the involvement of novel genetic mechanisms that control this specificity. Work is in progress in our lab to identify the host genes that are involved. Conclusion and Future Perspectives Specificity in the legume-rhizobial symbiosis results from a suite of signal exchanges between the two symbiotic partners summarized in Figure 1.
Recent studies have just begun to reveal the underlying molecular mechanisms that regulate this specificity, and there are many challenging questions waiting to be answered.
Effector-triggered immunity has been shown to be an important factor in determining host range of rhizobia in soybeans but the cognate effectors have not been clearly defined. In addition, what are the genes that control nodulation specificity in the Medicago-Sinorhizobium interaction where the bacterial partner lacks the type III secretion system?
Cloning and characterization of the NS1 locus in M. We now know that NCR peptides regulate nitrogen fixation specificity in Medicago and possibly in other closely related legumes, but we lack mechanistic understanding of how these peptides work. Do the pro- and anti-symbiotic peptides interact with the same bacterial targets?
The technology to produce these inoculants are microbial fermenters. An ideal inoculant includes some of the following aspects; maximum efficacy, ease of use, compatibility, high rhizobial concentration, long shelf-life, usefulness under varying field conditions, and survivability. As they introduce new crops into their soils, these inoculants may foster legume growth and success in the area, therefore giving farmers more options for planting. Using these inoculants provide many other benefits as well such as not having to use nitrogen fertilizers.
It has also been stated that "cereals were healthier and higher yielding when grown after a legume". Common crop and forage legumes are peas, beans, clover, and soy. Infection and signal exchange[ edit ] The formation of the symbiotic relationship involves a signal exchange between both partners that leads to mutual recognition and development of symbiotic structures. The most well understood mechanism for the establishment of this symbiosis is through intracellular infection. Rhizobia are free living in the soil until they are able to sense flavonoidsderivatives of 2-phenyl This is followed by continuous cell proliferation resulting in the formation of the root nodule.
In this case, no root hair deformation is observed. Instead the bacteria penetrate between cells, through cracks produced by lateral root emergence. Ammonium is then converted into amino acids like glutamine and asparagine before it is exported to the plant. This process keeps the nodule oxygen poor in order to prevent the inhibition of nitrogenase activity. Nature of the mutualism[ edit ] The legume—rhizobium symbiosis is a classic example of mutualism —rhizobia supply ammonia or amino acids to the plant and in return receive organic acids principally as the dicarboxylic acids malate and succinate as a carbon and energy source.
However, because several unrelated strains infect each individual plant, a classic tragedy of the commons scenario presents itself. Cheater strains may hoard plant resources such as polyhydroxybutyrate for the benefit of their own reproduction without fixing an appreciable amount of nitrogen.
The sanctions hypothesis[ edit ] There are two main hypotheses for the mechanism that maintains legume-rhizobium symbiosis though both may occur in nature. The sanctions hypothesis theorizes that legumes cannot recognize the more parasitic or less nitrogen fixing rhizobia, and must counter the parasitism by post-infection legume sanctions.