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Table 2 Biodiversity of vermicompost bacteria and their beneficial traits

From: Microbial diversity of vermicompost bacteria that exhibit useful agricultural traits and waste management potential

Vermicompost earthworm Names of bacteria Beneficial traits References
Pheretima sp. Pseudomonas oxalaticus Oxalate degradation Khambata and Bhat, 1953
Unspecified Rhizobium trifolii Nitrogen fixation and growth of leguminous plants Buckalew et al. 1982
Lumbricus rubellus R. japonicum, P. putida Plant growth promotion Madsen and Alexander 1982
L. terrestris Bradyrhizobium japonicum Improved distribution of nodules on soybean roots Rouelle, 1983
Aporrectodea trapezoids, P. corrugata 2 14OR Suppress Gaeumannomyces graminis var. Tritd in wheat Doube et al. 1994
A. rosea    
A. trapezoids, R. meliloti L5-30R Increased root nodulation and nitrogen fixation in legumes Stephens et al. 1994b
Microscolex dubius    
Eisenia foetida Bacillus spp., B. megaterium, Antimicrobial activity against Enterococcus faecalis DSM 2570, Staphylococcus aureus DSM 1104 Vaz-Moreira et al. 2008
  B. pumilus, B. subtilis   
L. terrestris Fluorescent pseudomonads, Suppress Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. asparagi and F. proliferatum in asparagus, Verticillium dahlia in eggplant and F. oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici Race 1 in tomato Elmer, 2009
  Filamentous actinomycetes   
Eudrilus sp. Free-living N2 fixers, Plant growth promotion by nitrification, phosphate solubilisation and plant disease suppression Gopal et al. 2009
  Azospirillum, Azotobacter,   
  Autotrophic Nitrosomonas,   
  Nitrobacter, Ammonifying   
  bacteria, Phosphate solubilizers,   
  Fluorescent pseudomonads   
E. foetida Proteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Antifungal activity against Colletotrichum coccodes, R. solani, P. ultimum, P. capsici and F. moliniforme Yasir et al. 2009a
  Verrucomicrobia, Actinobacteria,   
  Firmicutes   
Unspecified Eiseniicola composti YC06271T Antagonistic activity against F. moniliforme Yasir et al. 2009b