About this Research Topic
Rhizosphere and phyllosphere microbial communities selected by the plants and determined by the environment are known to have a critical role in plant health, nutrition and ultimately productivity. There has been considerable activity on the topic of soil-plant microbiomes-environment in relation to disease suppression, due to the complex tripartite interactions between plants, microbes and pathogens, along with edaphic variables that can modulate the function itself.
Responding to the latest developments in genomics, metabolomics and proteomics techniques, the topic of plant-microbe interactions is attracting extensive interest from a diverse array of researchers including microbial ecologists, plant molecular biologists, plant pathologists, breeders, etc. These studies have highlighted the importance of plant species and genotype in exerting distinctive selective pressures on the microbial community and the assembly of the rhizosphere and phyllosphere microbiomes, which can impact plant gene expression.
In view of this intense activity, this Research Topic aims to compile papers presenting new concepts and latest findings on microbiomes and metabolic responses in plant-microbe interactions and consequences to plant’s immunity and health.
The scope of this Research Topic is to broadly cover phenotypic and functional diversity of microbiota in the rhizosphere and phyllosphere, and microbe interactions with plants using multi-omics techniques.
Areas to cover may include:
• Functional microbiomes in the rhizosphere and within roots influencing disease suppression and plant health
• Plant immune responses to phytobiome – metabolomics, phenotypic and functional microbiome diversity
• Host genetics-based selection of microbial community – genomic interactions
• Phyllosphere microbiome – metabolites, microbial diversity and molecular mechanisms to immune responses, stress tolerance and plant health
• Management and environmental influences on phytobiome composition and metabolic consequences
• Microbe priming of plant immunity – long distance signaling revealed by multi-omics
• Microbiome influences on plant root architecture and consequences to plant resilience to stresses
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