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Abstract

Poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) and glycogen are major carbon storage compounds in . The roles of PHB and glycogen in rhizobia–legume symbiosis are not fully understood. Glycogen synthase mutations were constructed by in-frame deletion () or insertion (). These mutations were combined with a mutation to make all combinations of double and triple mutants. PHB was not detectable in any of the mutants containing the mutation; glycogen was not detectable in any of the mutants containing the mutation. PHB levels were significantly lower in the mutant, while glycogen levels were increased in the mutant. Exopolysaccharide (EPS) was not detected in any of the mutants, while the and mutants produced levels of EPS similar to the wild-type. Symbiotic properties of these strains were investigated on and . The results indicated that the strains unable to synthesize PHB, or glycogen, were still able to form nodules and fix nitrogen. However, mutations caused greater nodule formation delay on than on . Time-course studies showed that (1) the ability to synthesize PHB is important for N fixation in nodules and younger nodules, and (2) the blocking of glycogen synthesis resulted in lower levels of N fixation on and older nodules on . These data have important implications for understanding how PHB and glycogen function in the interactions of with spp.

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