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Front. Microbiol. | doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01935

Editorial: Harnessing Useful Rhizosphere Microorganisms for Pathogen and Pest Biocontrol – Second Edition

  • 1Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, Italian National Research Council (IPSP-CNR), Italy
  • 2Department of Biology, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • 3Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain

There is a worldwide interest in the exploitation of beneficial plant-associated microorganisms as an alternative to pesticides for pest and disease management. It is underpinned by practical and social reasons, including safety of consumers, farmers and field workers, as well as the need for sustainable practices safeguarding the environment and protecting its biodiversity. Cost of conventional pesticides and the insurgence of resistance in pests also re-direct farmers’ choice towards safer approaches. This trend is observed also in fast-growing population economies, propelling the global demand for eco-sustainable technologies.
However, managing and exploiting living organisms to regulate or control other noxious species is a complex task. Detailed data on interacting variables and processes are needed, as their final result often differs significantly from the simple sum of effects. Any information boosting our capacity to solve problems related to safer plant protection is, therefore, more than welcome.

Keywords: biocontrol, induced resistance, plant growth promotion, Rhizosphere Microbiology, Plant Microbe Interaction, Soil Microbiology

Received: 11 Jun 2019; Accepted: 06 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Ciancio, Pieterse and Mercado-Blanco. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Aurelio Ciancio, Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, Italian National Research Council (IPSP-CNR), Torino, Italy, aurelio.ciancio@ipsp.cnr.it