The aim of this work was to isolate phosphate solubilizing bacteria (PSB) and assess their effect on the growth of mung bean ( Vigna radiata
[L.] R. Wilczek) plants. Of 31 isolated PSB strains, two efficient strains, identified as Pantoea agglomerans
(PSB-1) and Burkholderia anthina
(PSB-2), were employed in further studies. Maximum P solubilization (720.75 μg mL-1
) was recorded from the cultures co-inoculated with P. agglomerans
and B. anthina
. A strong positive correlation was found between pH and soluble P concentration in the medium, as well as between titratable acidity and P solubilization. Both strains under greenhouse conditions remarkably enhanced shoot and root length, shoot and root dry matter, and P uptake of mung bean plants. Growth was found to be further improved by adding tricalcium phosphate (TCP) with PSB inoculation. Co-inoculation of both PSB strains and adding TCP exhibited the highest growth performances and P uptake of mung bean plants; this implies that their applicability as a promising alternative to minimize the P problem in agricultural soils.