Unraveling the plant microbiome: looking back and future perspectives

Gabriele Berg, Martin Grube, Michael Schloter, K. Smalla

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Most eukaryotes develop close interactions with microorganisms that are essential for their performance and survival. Thus, eukaryotes and prokaryotes in nature can be considered as meta-organisms or holobionts. Consequently, microorganisms that colonize different plant compartments contain the plant’s second genome. In this respect, many studies in the last decades have shown that plant-microbe interactions are not only crucial for better understanding plant growth and health, but also for sustainable crop production in a changing world. This mini-review acting as editorial presents retrospectives and future
perspectives for plant microbiome studies as well as information gaps in this emerging research field. In addition, the contribution of this research topic to the solution of various issues is discussed
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-175
JournalFrontiers in Microbiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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