Identification and Analysis of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria in LEAF Community Garden Soil


  • Pooja Ramadas Dougherty Valley High School
  • Dhruv Pathak Milpitas High School
  • Prabhjeet Kaur Mentor, ASDRP



plant growth promoting bacteria, Luria Bertani agar, Bacillus cereus, Morganella morganii, Siderophore Solubilization, Phosphate Solubilization, Cellulase Production, Amylase Production


In today’s largely populated modern world, crop yield is becoming increasingly important. To increase crop yield, new modern technologies for farming are continuously being innovated. The aim of this study is the identification of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria (PGPBs) and their properties. In order to conduct the experiment, soil samples were collected from the community garden LEAF (Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont). These samples were grown in Luria Bertani agar plates, and the two bacterial strains that grew from them were analyzed to determine the species of the bacteria. Using a DNA extraction kit, DNA was extracted from the bacteria and then amplified versions were sent to RF Biotech for DNA sequencing. The DNA sequences were then used to determine that the two bacterial species in question are Bacillus cereus and Morganella morganii. Afterwards, multiple assays were used to measure the efficiency of each bacterial species to absorb various substances that would be helpful for plant growth. The aim of this research is to better understand which bacterial strains are beneficial for plants, and which are harmful. Through having greater zones of inhibition, the bacterial species M. morganii proved to be more efficient in the siderophore and phosphate solubilization assays. In contrast, the bacterial species B. cereus proved to be more efficient in the cellulase and amylase production assays. These results will assist LEAF in enriching their soil in order to increase their crop yields by creating an increase in concentration of advantageous bacteria and decrease that of detrimental bacteria.


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How to Cite

Ramadas, P., Pathak, D., & Kaur, P. (2021). Identification and Analysis of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria in LEAF Community Garden Soil. Journal of Student Research, 10(3).



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