Simultaneous P-solubilizing and Biocontrol Activity of Microorganisms: Potentials and Future Trends

Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2006 Jun;71(2):137-44. doi: 10.1007/s00253-006-0380-z. Epub 2006 Mar 17.


Phosphate (P)-solubilizing microorganisms as a group form an important part of the microorganisms, which benefit plant growth and development. Growth promotion and increased uptake of phosphate are not the only mechanisms by which these microorganisms exert a positive effect on plants. Microbially mediated solubilization of insoluble phosphates through release of organic acids is often combined with production of other metabolites, which take part in biological control against soilborne phytopathogens. In vitro studies show the potential of P-solubilizing microorganisms for the simultaneous synthesis and release of pathogen-suppressing metabolites, mainly siderophores, phytohormones, and lytic enzymes. Further trends in this field are discussed, suggesting a number of biotechnological approaches through physiological and biochemical studies using various microorganisms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / metabolism*
  • Pest Control, Biological
  • Phosphates / metabolism*
  • Plant Development*
  • Soil Microbiology*
  • Solubility


  • Phosphates