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Novel plant probiotic bacterium for tomato fruits in South Korea

Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) are naturally occurring soil biota which benefit plants by improving plant productivity and immunity.
 
The aim of a new study was to evaluate the effect of the inoculation of PGPR strain, Bacillus subtilis CBR05 on the quality of tomato fruits produced under greenhouse conditions. Results were compared with mock-inoculated control and market sample.
 
Researchers found a significant increase in total phenol and flavonoid contents of tomato fruits in PGPR strain B. subtilis CBR05 inoculated plants compared to those of mock-inoculated control and market sample. Moreover, B. subtilis CBR05 inoculation stimulated antioxidant activities and levels of carotenoid (β carotene and lycopene) content in plants. In addition, the inoculation of the strain B. subtilis CBR05 produced the highest content of lycopene (21.08 μg/g FW) in tomato fruits as compared to mock-inoculated plants.
 
The results show that the PGPR strain B. subtilis CBR05 is a versatile soil bacterium that enhances tomato production by elevating antioxidant activities and carotenoid (β carotene and lycopene) levels in fruit.
 

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