Varieties of lima bean shows different growth responses when inoculated with Bacillus sp., a plant growth-promoting bacteria

Authors

  • Evanielle Fernandes Lima
  • Vicente Paulo da Costa Neto
  • Janete Magali de Araujo
  • Francisco de Alcântara Neto
  • Aurenivia Bonifacio
  • Artenisa Cerqueira Rodrigues

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14393/BJ-v32n5a2016-32932

Keywords:

Phaseolus lunatus, PGPB, Absolute growth rate, Chlorophyll

Abstract

Plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) comprise of soil microorganisms that cause positive effects on plant growth. The hypothesis according to which the inoculation of lima bean with PGPB Bacillus stimulates vegetative growth, which may result in a higher plant productivity, was tested. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate the effects of inoculation of two varieties of lima bean (branca and boca de moça) with Bacillus sp., UFPEDA 472 strain, based on plant growth responses. The experiment was conducted in a greenhouse using a completely randomized design. Three treatments were applied separately to each lima bean variety: the first used inoculation with Bacillus, one was submitted to nitrogen supplementation, and one was the absolute control (non-inoculated plants). The following variables were evaluated: absolute and relative growth rate, root length, stem diameter, fresh and dry mass of shoots and roots, shoot:root ratio and total chlorophyll. The results showed that lima bean displayed better growth responses when inoculated with Bacillus sp. UFPEDA 472 in relation to the treatment with nitrogen and/or non-inoculated plants. When inoculated with PGPB Bacillus, the lima bean var. branca was superior to boca de moça in terms of root length and root dry mass. The lima bean var. boca de moça inoculated with Bacillus sp. UFPEDA 472 was superior to branca in terms of absolute growth rate, stem diameter, fresh and dry mass of shoot, shoot:root ratio and total chlorophyll. In general, the lima bean var. boca de moça inoculated with Bacillus shows a better growth performance. Our results suggest that growth responses of lima bean varieties branca and boca de moça are related with a positive interaction with the PGPB Bacillus.

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Published

2016-10-06

How to Cite

LIMA, E.F., COSTA NETO, V.P. da, ARAUJO, J.M. de, ALCÂNTARA NETO, F. de, BONIFACIO, A. and RODRIGUES, A.C., 2016. Varieties of lima bean shows different growth responses when inoculated with Bacillus sp., a plant growth-promoting bacteria . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 32, no. 5. [Accessed29 May 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v32n5a2016-32932. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/32932.

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Agricultural Sciences