Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) producing Pseudomonas isolates inhibit seed germination and α-amylase activity in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L.)

  • Samira Tabatabaei Isfahan University of Technology, College of Agriculture, Dept. of Agronomy & Plant Breeding, Isfahan
  • Parviz Ehsanzadeh Isfahan University of Technology, College of Agriculture, Dept. of Agronomy & Plant Breeding, Isfahan
  • Hassan Etesami University of Tehran, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Dept. of Soil Sciences, Karaj
  • Hossein A. Alikhani University of Tehran, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Dept. of Soil Sciences, Karaj
  • Bernard R. Glick University of Waterloo, Dept. of Biology, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Keywords: exogenous IAA, germination inhibition percentage, Pseudomonas, seed germination traits, plant growth promoting rhizobacteria


The role of plant-associated bacteria in plant physiology and metabolism is well documented, but little has been known about the roles played by Pseudomonas in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. var durum) growth and development. An in vitroexperiment was conducted to observe the effect of the inoculation of four indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)-producing Pseudomonas isolates and exogenous IAA on seed germination traits and α-amylase activity of durum wheat. The results showed inoculation with all bacterial isolates led to a decrease in the germination percent, although the extent of the depression varied with the isolate. A significant relationship between concentrations of bacterial IAA and the germination inhibition percent in durum wheat seeds by different bacteria strains was observed. The results of this assay showed the effect of bacterial isolates on α-amylase activity after six and 8 days of inoculation was significant, while effect of these isolates on α-amylase activity after two and 4 days of inoculation was not meaningful. In addition, the exogenously applied IAA displayed a concentration-dependent effect on seed germination attributes and α-amylase activity, consistent with the possibility that the inhibitory effect of bacterial inoculation on seed germination was in consequence of bacteria-produced IAA. Therefore, it may suggested that the inhibitory role of IAA in seed germination and α-amylase activity should be taken into account during the screening of IAA-producing Pseudomonas isolates for durum wheat growth promoting agents.


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How to Cite
TabatabaeiS., EhsanzadehP., EtesamiH., AlikhaniH. A., & GlickB. R. (2016). Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) producing Pseudomonas isolates inhibit seed germination and α-amylase activity in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L.). Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, 14(1), e0802.
Plant physiology