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In agricultural ecosystems, a variety of abiotic factors (field management, fertilization, drug use, and other agricultural measures or human factors) and biological factors (biocontrol microorganisms, pathogens, nematodes, weeds, etc.) may affect the community structure and function of the soil microbiome in ...

In agricultural ecosystems, a variety of abiotic factors (field management, fertilization, drug use, and other agricultural measures or human factors) and biological factors (biocontrol microorganisms, pathogens, nematodes, weeds, etc.) may affect the community structure and function of the soil microbiome in the long or short term. This change is closely related to soil microecological environment, soil health, crop growth, and disease occurrence, including infection diseases of relevance for the human and animal hosts, in line with the One Health concept.

Soil is a natural body composed of individual microorganism, population, community, and their soil environment through energy and material circulation. Soil microorganism is an important component of farmland soil microecological health. At present, there are many studies on the effects of various factors on soil microbial abundance and community composition, but the focus on the main controlling factors of succession and microbial changes needs to be strengthened. Also, the soil environment plays a pivotal role in pathogen circulation facilitating the diffusion of infectious disease among the human animals and vegetal living systems. Therefore, this Research Topic focuses on omics strategies to research the assembly strategies and functional succession of soil microorganisms driven by abiotic or biological factors, as well as their interactions with pathogens and plants, and to reveal the succession mechanism of soil microorganisms by integrating various analytical methods.

Research papers and reviews related to the change of soil microbial community and function and its succession mechanism driven by different factors are welcome, especially:

(1) Different factors and the main drivers influencing microbial assembly, community succession, and functional changes;
(2) Feedback of microorganisms to soil environment and plant disease resistance;
(3) Soil microbiome interacts with soil-borne pathogens, animal pathogens, and plants, including the vehicle of antimicrobial resistance traits among viruses, bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotic microorganisms.

Research at the intersection of multiple disciplines and technologies, such as plant protection, microbiology, chemistry, and bioinformatics, is also encouraged.

Keywords: Agroecosystems, Microbiome, Community assembly, Functional diversity, Succession, Animal infectious disease, One Health


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