Life in earth – the root microbiome to the rescue?

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Mauchline, T. H. and Malone, J. G. 2017. Life in earth – the root microbiome to the rescue? Current Opinion in Microbiology. 37 (Supplement C), pp. 23-28.

AuthorsMauchline, T. H. and Malone, J. G.

Manipulation of the soil microbiome holds great promise for
contributing to more environmentally benign agriculture, with
soil microbes such as Pseudomonas promoting plant growth
and effectively suppressing pathogenic microorganisms. Nextgeneration sequencing has enabled a new generation of
research into soil microbiomes, presenting the opportunity to
better understand and exploit these valuable resources. Soil
bacterial communities are both highly complex and variable,
and contain vast interspecies and intraspecies diversity, both of which respond to environmental variation. Therefore, we propose that a combination of whole microbiome analyses with in-depth examination of key microbial taxa will likely prove the most effective approach to understanding rhizosphere microbial interactions. This review highlights recent efforts in this direction, based around the important biocontrol bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens.

Year of Publication2017
JournalCurrent Opinion in Microbiology
Journal citation37 (Supplement C), pp. 23-28
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.mib.2017.03.005
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeOptimisation of nutrients in soil-plant systems: How can we control nitrogen cycling in soil?
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Publication dates
Online21 Apr 2017
Current Biology Ltd
Copyright licenseCC BY-NC-ND
Grant IDBBS/E/C/00005196

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