Optimization of growing media and preservation methods for beneficial bacteria in raspberries

This study focuses on the optimization of bacterial growing medium composition, including the carbon and nitrogen source in different concentrations, the pH value of the medium, and the temperature. Optimization was performed for four environmental bacterial isolates belonging to the genera Arthrobacter, Pseudomonas, and Rhodococcus, which were previously obtained from wild raspberries.

These bacteria proved to be potent antagonists against certain fungal and fungal-like plant pathogens. Furthermore, three preservation methods and three sample preparation techniques were evaluated. In addition, a prebiotic supplementary blend based on previous research was tested. The research included a pot experiment to estimate the influence of bacterial cultures on the growth of plant shoots and roots, on the soil enzymatic activity, and the content of macronutrients, minerals, and nitrogen in the soil depending on the naturalization strategy.

The best carbon and nitrogen source were chosen. The addition of a supplementary blend resulted in the increased growth of two bacterial isolates. Bacterial inoculum applied to the roots and watering resulted in increased shoot mass in objects infected with plant pathogens, although in plants without the pathogen infection, bacterial inoculum resulted in the decreased mass of plants. The naturalization strategy should be matched to the pathogens present at plantations.

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Pylak, M.; Oszust, K.; Frąc, M. Optimization of Growing Medium and Preservation Methods for Plant Beneficial Bacteria, and Formulating a Microbial Biopreparation for Raspberry Naturalization. Agronomy 2021, 11, 2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11122521 

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