ISSN: 0973-7510

E-ISSN: 2581-690X

Khushbu Patel1, Swati Patel2, Vipul Parekh3 and Sanjay Jha2
1Department of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari – 396 450, Gujarat, India.
2ASPEE Shakilam Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, Surat, N.A.U., Navsari -395 007, Gujarat, India.
3Department of Basic Science and Humanities, ASPEE College of Horticulture and Forestry, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat – 396456, India.
J. Pure Appl. Microbiol., 2016, 10 (3): 2401-2408
© The Author(s). 2016
Received: 10/07/2016 | Accepted: 27/08/2016 | Published: 30/09/2016

The importance of rhizospheric microbial phosphate solubilization has now been well documented. However, the performance of these microbes is greatly affected by various environmental stresses. In this study strain of Serratia marcescens NAUKP5 was isolated from the rhizosphere of  Oryza sativa from the coastal region of South Gujarat. The bacteria Serratia marcescens NAUKP5 was able to solubilize insoluble rock phosphate up to 625.16±0.01 µM with decrease in pH 4.1±0.01 after 10 days of incubation. The strain was also characterized for various morphological and biochemical tests. The growth of Serratia marcescens NAUKP5 was also tested for wide range of temperature, pH, carbon source, nitrogen source and buffering of the media. It was able to tolerate NaCl concentration up to 750mM and showed resistance against three antibiotics.


Rock phosphate, Rhizosphere, Phosphate solubilization, Physiological studies.

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