Transposon mutants of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii 24.1 showing less glossy or smaller colonies were screened for properties usually associated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) defects in R. leguminosarum, i.e. motility, growth rate, tendency to agglutination in liquid media and symbiotic efficiency. Neither any of the above mutants nor the earlier isolated 24.12 strain, defective in LPS, showed all these properties changed simultaneously. According to PAGE/sodium deoxycholate analysis the mutant 24.12 was the only one producing defective lipopolysaccharide. GC-MS analysis revealed in this mutant qualitative changes in composition of its LPS in comparison with LPS isolated from the parent strain. Other Tn5 mutants produced LPSs similar in composition, however the proportion between LPS I and LPS II differed from that in the parent strain.