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Document type
  • Peer-reviewed journal article
GE organism
  • soybean, maize
GE trait
  • herbicide tolerance
  • USA


Safety for environment
  • negative effect

Glyphosate and glyphosate-resistant crop interactions with rhizosphere microorganisms

Kremer, RJ; Means, NE
European Journal of Agronomy. 2009 October. 31(3):153–161

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DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2009.06.004 ISSN: 1161-0301


Current crop production relies heavily on transgenic, glyphosate-resistant (GR) cultivars. Widespread cultivation of transgenic crops has received considerable attention. Impacts of glyphosate on rhizosphere microorganisms and activities are reviewed based on published and new data from long-term field projects documenting effects of glyphosate applied to GR soybean and maize. Field studies conducted in Missouri, U.S.A. during 1997–2007 assessed effects of glyphosate applied to GR soybean and maize on root colonization and soil populations of Fusarium and selected rhizosphere bacteria. Frequency of root-colonizing Fusarium increased significantly after glyphosate application during growing seasons in each year at all sites. Roots of GR soybean and maize treated with glyphosate were heavily colonized by Fusarium compared to non-GR or GR cultivars not treated with glyphosate. Microbial groups and functions affected by glyphosate included Mn transformation and plant availability; phytopathogen–antagonistic bacterial interactions; and reduction in nodulation. Root-exuded glyphosate may serve as a nutrient source for fungi and stimulate propagule germination. The specific microbial indicator groups and processes were sensitive to impacts of GR crops and are part of an evolving framework in developing polyphasic microbial analyses for complete assessment of GR technology that is more reliable than single techniques or general microbial assays.


Genetically modified crop; Polyphasic microbial analyses; Fusarium spp.; Glycine max (L.) Merr.; Soybean; Zea mays L.; Maize; Microbial ecology; Mn transformation; Pseudomonad


Funding source
  • USDA
  • Ag Spectrum Company
  • Agri-Gro Marketing Inc.
Funding country
  • United States
Funding type
  • government
  • industry: competing
  • industry: other

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Kremer, RJ, NE Means. "Glyphosate and glyphosate-resistant crop interactions with rhizosphere microorganisms." European Journal of Agronomy 31.3 (2009): 153–161. Web. 28 May. 2024.


Kremer, RJ., & Means, NE. (2009). Glyphosate and glyphosate-resistant crop interactions with rhizosphere microorganisms. European Journal of Agronomy, 31(3), 153–161. doi:10.1016/j.eja.2009.06.004

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