Special Issue "Molecular Research on Plant-Associated Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 1028
Modulating nitrogen-fixing microbial plant symbionts have a profound influence on ecosystem dynamics and global nitrogen cycles. Beyond the classical examples of legume–Rhizobia interactions, several other—and less studied—plant–microbe symbioses perform biological nitrogen fixation at large quantitative scales. For example, Frankia–alder symbioses rival legume–Rhizobia interactions in the amount of fixed atmospheric nitrogen. Nonetheless, we often lack knowledge around the identity, diversity, and physiology of plant-associated nitrogen-fixing microbes. Furthermore, recent work has shown that microorganisms inhabiting root nodules are more taxonomically and functionally diverse than previously thought and make complex multiplayer microbial communities. Effects on plant fitness, competitiveness, and stress tolerance of nodule communities has been predicted but only experimentally shown in isolated cases. To better understand these systems and their impact on the ecosystem, ample opportunities of studies in the fields of molecular and functional biology arise. We hope to capture an encompassing picture of these multilayer systems in this Special Issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences to better understand the diversity and functional role of these multiplayer systems and their impact on local and global ecosystems.
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kautz
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- chemical biology
- interspecific interactions
- nitrogen fixation