An efficient method for qualitative screening of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria

Curr Microbiol. 2001 Jul;43(1):51-6. doi: 10.1007/s002840010259.


An efficient protocol was developed for qualitative screening of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria, based upon visual observation. Our results indicate that, by using our formulation containing bromophenol blue, it is possible to quickly screen on a qualitative basis the phosphate-solubilizing bacteria. Qualitative analysis of the phosphate solubilized by various groups correlated well with grouping based upon quantitative analysis of bacteria isolated from soil, effect of carbon, nitrogen, salts, and phosphate solubilization-defective transposon mutants. However, unlike quantitative analysis methods that involve time-consuming biochemical procedures, the time for screening phosphate-solubilizing bacteria is significantly reduced by using our simple protocol. Therefore, it is envisaged that usage of this formulation based upon qualitative analysis will be salutary for the quick screening of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria. Our results indicate that the formulation can also be used as a quality control test for expeditiously screening the commercial bioinoculant preparations, based on phosphate solubilizers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / chemistry
  • Bacteria / metabolism*
  • Bacteriological Techniques / methods*
  • Bromphenol Blue / chemistry
  • Indicators and Reagents / chemistry
  • Phosphates / chemistry
  • Phosphates / metabolism*
  • Soil Microbiology*
  • Solubility


  • Indicators and Reagents
  • Phosphates
  • Bromphenol Blue