About this Research Topic
This Research Topic will collect selected contributions from attendants of iMMM 2019, the 4th International Molecular Mycorrhiza Meeting, held in Torino, Italy, on 7th-8th February 2019.
Plants are not alone: they live in association with a number of microorganisms, including a group of beneficial soil fungi called mycorrhizal fungi. These fungi colonize the root systems of most land plants developing different types of symbiotic interactions that give a major contribution to plant nutrition and health. As such, mycorrhizal fungi are considered key components of natural and agricultural ecosystems. A broad interest is in fact focused on mycorrhizal symbioses for their potential contribution to agricultural practices that reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and support sustainable crop production to feed a growing human population in a scenario of global climate change.
This Research Topic provides a timely update on the latest achievements on the molecular and cellular aspects of plant-microbe interactions in mycorrhizal symbioses. In particular, this Topic will collect contributions in the areas of genomics and natural variation; signaling; symbiosis functioning, including nutritional aspects; local and systemic effects; bacterial-fungal interactions. The multidisciplinary approach of this Research Topic is of great value for anyone interested in the results of research on cellular and molecular aspects in both endo- and ectomycorrhizal symbioses.
Contributors are welcome to submit Original Research, Method, and Review articles related to the topics covered in the iMMM2019 conference. Submissions to this Research Topic are limited to the conference attendees and their co-authors.
Keywords: Mycorrhizal fungi, -Omics approaches, Root-associated microorganisms, Sustainable agriculture
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