Plant growth-promoting traits of yeasts isolated from the phyllosphere and rhizosphere of Drosera spatulata Lab.

Shih Feng Fu, Pei Feng Sun, Hsueh Yu Lu, Jyuan Yu Wei, Hong Su Xiao, Wei Ta Fang, Bai You Cheng, Jui Yu Chou

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Microorganisms can promote plant growth through direct and indirect mechanisms. Compared with the use of bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi, the use of yeasts as plant growth-promoting (PGP) agents has not been extensively investigated. In this study, yeast isolates from the phyllosphere and rhizosphere of the medicinally important plant Drosera spatulata Lab. were assessed for their PGP traits. All isolates were tested for indole-3-acetic acid-ammonia-and polyamine-producing abilities, calcium phosphate and zinc oxide solubilizing ability, and catalase activity. Furthermore, the activities of siderophore, 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase, and fungal cell wall-degrading enzymes were assessed. The antagonistic action of yeasts against pathogenic Glomerella cingulata was evaluated. The cocultivation of Nicotiana benthamiana with yeast isolates enhanced plant growth, indicating a potential yeast-plant interaction. Our study results highlight the potential use of yeasts as plant biofertilizers under controlled and field conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-448
Number of pages16
JournalFungal Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 1



  • Biofertilizer
  • Biofungicide
  • Indole-3-acetic acid
  • Spoon-leaved sundew
  • Sustainable agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Infectious Diseases

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