alexa Studies on Antifungal Activity of Siderophores Produced by Rhizobium spp Isolated from Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea)

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  • J Agri Sci Food Res 2017, Vol 8(4): 189

Studies on Antifungal Activity of Siderophores Produced by Rhizobium spp Isolated from Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea)

Srinivasan T*
PG and Research Department of Microbiology, Kanchi Shri College of Arts and Science, Kilambi, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding Author: Srinivasan T, PG and Research Department of Microbiology, Kanchi Shri College of Arts and Science, Kilambi, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India, Tel: 04427246507, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Sep 19, 2017 / Accepted Date: Sep 29, 2017 / Published Date: Oct 07, 2017


Many of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) have ability to produce the siderophores, among this the Rhizobial spp have more capable of producing siderophores under iron limiting conditions. In the present study Rhizobium spp were isolated from root nodules of groundnut and characterized morphologically, the isolates were grown under iron limiting conditions to produce siderophore. The siderophore were extracted, purified and characterized. Siderophore produced by the isolates are dihydroxymate type and they showed antifungal activity on charcoal rot disease caused by Aspergillus spp.

Keywords: Siderophore; Rhizobium; PGPR; Antifungal activity


In general, siderophores are low molecular weight compounds that can chelate ferric iron from many insoluble compounds in the environment. Ranging in size from 500-1500 daltons, they are synthesized by many microbes when growing under low iron conditions. Siderophores can be divided into three main classes depending on the chemical nature of the functional group or groups used for Fe (III) coordination. These classes are the catecholates (sensu stricto, catecholates and phenolates; better termed as “aryl caps”), hydroxamates and the (α-hydroxy-carboxylates [1]. A fourth group, designated as “Mixed type”, is comprised of those siderophore that use a combination of any of the above types to chelate iron.

Generally, each of the rhizobial species can produce at least one siderophore. However, it is also true that in some genera such as Bradyrhizobium siderophore production is much less widespread. Examples of some rhizobial siderophores are the trihydroxamate vicibactin that was first isolated from R. leguminosarum [2]; Schizokinen and rhizobactin 1021, dihydroxamates isolated from R. leguminosarum [3] and Sinorhizobium meliloti [4] respectively; and a carboxylate called rhizobactin found in S. meliloti [5].

Rhizobia have been reported to inhibit significantly the growth of pathogenic fungi such as Macrophomina phaseolina, Rhizoctonia spp, Fusarium sp., and Pythium spp. in both leguminous and nonleguminous plants. Such biocontrol bacteria have different mechanisms or combinations of mechanisms which may be involved in the suppression of different plant diseases; for example, the inhibition of the pathogen by antimicrobial substances (antibiosis); production of diverse microbial metabolites such as siderophore, rhizobitoxin); induction of plant resistant mechanisms; inactivation of pathogen germination factors present in seed and root exudates and degradation of pathogenicity factors of the pathogen such as toxins; parasitism that may involve production of extracellular cell wall degrading enzymes, for example, chitinase that can cause pathogen cell walls lysis or plant growth enhancement through IAA production [6].

Materials and Methods

Well-developed pinkish nodules were separated from the black gram plants with a portion of root attached to them and washed with water to remove soil. The nodules were surface sterilized with 0.1% mercuric chloride solution, then were transferred to sterile petridish containing 95% ethyl alcohol for 1 min. The nodules were then crushed and transferred in Erlenmeyer flask. The well mixed suspension of each soil sample was subjected to 10-fold dilutions ranging from 10-4 to 10-7. 0.1 mL of suspension from each dilution was transferred aseptically to petriplates and melted YEMA medium containing 0.2 mL of Congo red was poured in each petriplate. Then, they were rotated in clockwise and anticlockwise direction for uniform distribution and incubated at 37°C. After incubation period, the colonies were picked up and subcultured for further study.

Characterisation of Rhizobium isolates

The isolated cultures were tested for their morphological and Standard biochemical test were performed for each isolate and they were identified using Bergey’s classification of bacteria.

Estimation of hydroxamate siderophores

To 0.5 mL of culture supernatant 0.5 mL of 6 M H2SO4 was added and the mixture was autoclaved in a glass tube. 1 mL of sulphanilic acid (1% v/v) in 30 per cent acetic acid (v/v) and 0.5 mL of 1.3 per cent iodine in 30 per cent acetic acid (w/v) were added to autoclaved chemicals. The excess of iodine was destroyed by the addition of 1 mL of 2 per cent (w/v) sodium arsenate solution. 1 mL of solution of α-naphthylamine (0.3 per cent in acetic acid) was then added and the total volume was made upto 10 mL with distilled water. After 30 min, the absorbance at 526 nm was measured. Hydroxlyamine hydrochloride was used as standard and 1.0 μmol of the compound gave an absorbance of 0.1.

Biocontrol activity of Rhizobium isolates against the collor rot disease caused by Sclerotium rolfsii in groundnut plant

A loopful culture of each Bradyrhizobium isolates was transferred aseptically to the centre of PDA plates which have been pre-inoculated with Sclerotium rolfsii. Then, the plates were incubated at 28 ± 2°C for 7 days. After the incubation period, the diameter of zone of inhibition against Sclerotium rolfsii was measured.

Results and Discussion

All the three isolates RM-1 to RM-3 exhibited the characters of Bradyrhizobium viz., circular, entire colonies, 3.1 mm in dia., whitish pink on solid yeast extract mannitol agar plates and gram negative, motile and non-spore former (Tables 1-3) [7]. The siderophore, recorded with the rhizobial isolates viz., RM-1 followed by the isolate RM-2 production has a comparative range which is already been reported [8]. Sekar reported the interstrain difference Azospirillum brasilense for siderophore production [9]. The three Rhizobium isolates, viz., RM-1 to RM-3, obtained from the rhizosphere of rainfed groundnut plant, were screened and bio-control ability against Sclerotium rolfsii. It was observed that all the three isolates of Rhizobium were able ZOI against S. rolfsii but with a marked variation among them. The present study also confirmed with the earlier findings of Madhaiyan et al. regarding the biocontrol ability of Methylobacterium isolates (zone of inhibition) against S. rolfsii, available [10].

Characters Rhizobium
Colony pigmentation Whitish pink
Diameter of colonies (mm) 1
Cell width (µm) 0.4-0.5
Cell length (µm) 1.3-1.9
Yeast Extract Mannitol Agar +
Nutrient agar +
Temperature (°C) 20-30
Optimum (°C) 28
pH range 6.0-8.0
Optimum 7
D-Glucose +
D-Arabinose +
L. Rhamnose -
D. Raffinose -
Inulin -
Sodium acetate -
Sodium citrate +
Sodium sorbate +
Sodium pyruvate +
L.Theronine +
L-Cysteine -
L-Arginine +
L-Alanine -
L. Phenylalanine +
Ampicilin (50) -
Sterptomycin (5) +
Erythromycin (50) +
Gentamycin (50) +
Chloroamphenicol (50) +

Table 1: Characterization of Rhizobium isolates.

Isolates Siderophore production (µg mL-1)
Hydroxylamine hydrochloride
RM-1 4.28 ± 0.35
RM-2 4.20 ± 0.30
RM-3 3.55 ± 0.41

Table 2: Siderophore production of Rhizobium.

Isolates Zone of inhibition against (mm in dia)
RM-1 12.2
RM-2 8.1
RM-3 7.2

Table 3: Antifungal activity against the Collor Rot Disease caused by Sclerotium rolfsii in groundnut plant.


Citation: Srinivasan T (2017) Studies on Antifungal Activity of Siderophores Produced by Rhizobium spp Isolated from Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea). J Agri Sci Food Res 8: 189

Copyright: ©2017 Srinivasan T. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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