Multiple Effects of Bacillus Amyloliquefaciens Volatile Compounds: Plant Growth Promotion and Growth Inhibition of Phytopathogens

FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2016 Jun;92(6):fiw070. doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiw070. Epub 2016 Apr 5.


Biotic interactions through volatile organic compounds (VOC) are frequent in nature. This investigation aimed to study the role of ITALIC! BacillusVOC for the beneficial effects on plants observed as improved growth and pathogen control. Four ITALIC! Bacillus amyloliquefacienssubsp. ITALIC! plantarumstrains were screened for VOC effects on ITALIC! Arabidopsis thalianaCol-0 seedlings and ITALIC! Brassicafungal phytopathogens. VOC from all four ITALIC! Bacillusstrains could promote growth of ITALIC! Arabidopsisplants resulting in increased shoot biomass but the effects were dependent on the growth medium. Dose response studies with UCMB5113 on MS agar with or without root exudates showed significant plant growth promotion even at low levels of bacteria. ITALIC! BacillusVOC antagonized growth of several fungal pathogens ITALIC! in vitro However, the plant growth promotion efficacy and fungal inhibition potency varied among the ITALIC! Bacillusstrains. VOC inhibition of several phytopathogens indicated efficient microbial antagonism supporting high rhizosphere competence of the ITALIC! Bacillusstrains. GC-MS analysis identified several VOC structures where the profiles differed depending on the growth medium. The ability of ITALIC! Bacillusstrains to produce both volatile and soluble compounds for plant growth promotion and disease biocontrol provides examples of rhizosphere microbes as an important ecosystem service with high potential to support sustainable crop production.

Keywords: Arabidopsis thaliana; Bacillus amyloliquefaciens; biocontrol; phytopathogen; rhizosphere; volatiles.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Alternaria / drug effects
  • Arabidopsis / microbiology
  • Ascomycota / drug effects
  • Bacillus amyloliquefaciens / metabolism*
  • Biological Control Agents / pharmacology*
  • Biomass
  • Botrytis / drug effects
  • Brassica / microbiology*
  • Ecosystem
  • Plant Development / drug effects*
  • Plant Diseases / microbiology
  • Plant Roots / microbiology
  • Rhizosphere
  • Seedlings / microbiology
  • Verticillium / drug effects
  • Volatile Organic Compounds / pharmacology*


  • Biological Control Agents
  • Volatile Organic Compounds