About this Research Topic
The present Research Topic will focus on different areas including, but not limited to:
- Understanding the molecular basis of PGPM to enhance the growth and resistance of crops against biotic (e.g. pathogens and pests) and abiotic (e.g. drought and salinity) stresses using multi-omics approaches encompassing metagenomics (microbial potential), proteomics (microbial function) and metabolomics (microbial activity) studies on specific plant-microbe-stress system
- Assessing the potential applications of various microbial biotechnologies/delivery methods (e.g. seed coating, seed biopriming, foliar application, direct soil application, and molecular farming, etc.) with new microbial resources (PGPB, AMF, and rhizobia) in sustainable agriculture under diverse climatic and edaphic conditions
- The role of PGPM in alleviating biotic and abiotic stresses in crops, negative and positive side effects, efficacy at the laboratory, field, and natural vegetation scale
- The factors/conditions that influence the microbe-mediated plant stress resistance and survival rate of introduced microorganisms
- The ecological behavior of inoculated PGPM including their survival dynamics and the interaction with indigenous microorganisms in the rhizosphere (the impact on the diversity, structure, and activity of microbial communities)
- The use of molecular tools for monitoring the changes in microbial communities during agricultural practices
- The specific molecular biomarkers for evaluating the fate and activity of introduced microorganisms during the crop growth period
- The use of the combination of detection techniques for monitoring the survival and colonization pattern of inoculants
This Research Topic welcomes contributions dissecting the microbial biotechnologies (e.g. formulation and inoculation, inoculum delivery, and colonization patterns) and the roles of PGPM in sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on the mechanisms underlying plant-microbe-soil interactions in the rhizosphere. We encourage the submission of manuscripts focusing on recent microbial biotechnological advances from gene to the field, and their fundamental biological basis by using molecular, biochemical, and genetic approaches. The following article types are particularly welcomed: Original Research, Reviews, and Opinions.
Keywords: Plant Growth Promoting Microorganisms, Biotechnological Interventions, Biotic And Abiotic Stresses, Inoculum Delivery, Sustainable Agriculture, Behavior Of Inoculated Microorganisms, Colonization Pattern
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