Endophytic Microbes and Their Potential Applications in Crop Management and Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals and Organic Pollutants

A special issue of Horticulturae (ISSN 2311-7524). This special issue belongs to the section "Biotic and Abiotic Stress".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 September 2022) | Viewed by 587

Special Issue Editors

Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt
Interests: transcriptomic and proteomic techniques; bioinformatics; molecular biology; biotechnology
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Prof. Dr. Wael N. Hozzein
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Science Botany and Microbiology Department, Beni Suef University, Built Salah Salem Street, Beni Suef 62511, Egypt
Interests: actinomycetes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Endophytic microorganisms, mostly fungi and bacteria, persist naturally in plants without showing any symptomatic manner. They may transport soil nutrients into plants, modulate plant development, increase plant stress tolerances, suppress pathogens' virulence, increase plant disease resistance, and suppress competitive plant species development. Endophytic microbes can considerably reduce the use of agrochemicals in crop cultivation. On the other hand, efforts have been made to improve the efficiency of phytoremediation in contaminated environments by taking advantage of interactions between plant and microbe. The cumulative use of plants and endophytic bacteria is an innovative trend in soil and water purification, which is polluted by organic compounds. Plants offer shelter and nutrients for their related endophytic bacteria in plant–endophyte partnerships. The response is to enhance the degradation and evapotranspiration of organic pollutants by endophytic bacteria with appropriate degradation pathways and metabolism.

Dr. Amr Elkelish
Prof. Dr. Essaid Ait Barka
Prof. Dr. Wael N. Hozzein
Guest Editors

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  • biostimulants
  • bacteria
  • endophytic microbes
  • fungi
  • microbiome
  • phytoremediation
  • endophytic bacteria
  • organic pollutants
  • gene expression

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