Arabidopsis thaliana root and leaf culture collections

Roots and leaves of healthy plants host taxonomically structured bacterial assemblies, and members of these communities contribute to plant growth and health. We established Arabidopsis leaf- and root-derived microbiota culture collections representing the majority of bacterial species that are reproducibly detectable by culture-independent community profiling.

Here we provide access to the library of sequenced genomes from the At-SPHERE culture collections and information about the almost 8,000 bacterial isolates from Arabidopsis leaves and roots.


If you use the data available in this website, please, include the following citation:

Bai, Y.*, Müller, D. B.*, Srinivas, G.*, Garrido-Oter, R.*, Potthoff, E., Rott, M., Dombrowski, N., Münch, P. C., Spaepen, S., Remus-Emsermann, M., Hüttel, B., McHardy, A. C., Vorholt, J. A., and Schulze-Lefert, P. Functional overlap of the Arabidopsis leaf and root microbiota. Nature, 2015.

For more information, you can find the paper here.


Requests for strains of the At-RSPHERE and soil collection can be addressed to Prof. Paul Shulze-Lefert.
Requests for isolates of the At-LSPHERE collection can be addressed to Prof. Julia Vorholt.

Questions regarding the library of sequenced genomes can be directed to Ruben Garrido-Oter.