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A review of issues to the quantification of bacteria from the phyllosphere

Abstract : Quantification of the size of epiphytic bacterial populations and characterization of their composition involves definition of a sampling strategy in time and space, the choice of methods for liberating the bacteria from the leaf surface and for recovering them for subsequent determination of the number of viable or culturable cells. This literature review focuses on some of the issues related to these choices. After briefly reviewing the different types of epiphytic colonizers we consider the biological, methodological, and statistical consequences of the choice of the sampling unit and of the spatial and temporal variability of population size and composition for epiphytic bacteria. The different methods available for the detection and enumeration of naturally occurring microorganisms in the phyllosphere are discussed. Advantages and drawbacks of each are described in this review designed as a ‘hands-on’ guide.
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Marie Agnes Jacques, Cindy E. Morris. A review of issues to the quantification of bacteria from the phyllosphere. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Wiley-Blackwell, 1995, 18, pp.1-14. ⟨10.1111/j.1574-6941.1995.tb00158.x⟩. ⟨hal-02713581⟩

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