African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6728

Full Length Research Paper

Screening of native plant growth promoting cyanobacteria and their impact on Triticum aestivum var. Uqab 2000 growth

Sumaira Mazhar* and Shahida Hasnain
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics University of the Punjab Quaid-e-azam Campus, 54590, Lahore, Pakistan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 May 2011
  •  Published: 05 September 2011


In the current study cyanobacterial strains isolated from rice fields were evaluated as biofertilizers. They were tested for different plant growth promoting traits such as phosphate solubilization, nitrogen fixation and, hydrogen cyanide and auxin production. The two selected cyanobacterial strains were identified asphormidium SM-14 and SM-15. Both strains were able to solubilize phosphate, fix atmospheric nitrogen and produce hydrogen cyanide. Cyanobacteria produced variable amount of auxin in the presence of different concentrations of L-Tryptophan. Cyanobacterial strains used as biofertilizers have tremendous potential to enhance growth of Triticum aestivum var. Uqab 2000 in control conditions.


Key words: Cyanobacteria, wheat, auxin, BG11 medium, Phormidium.