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Molecular Research on Rhizobia

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 70

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Soil and Plant Microbiology, Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC, 18008 Granada, Spain
Interests: CRP/FNR transcription factors; denitrification; microoxia; nitrogen fixation; polyhydroxybutyrate; rhizobia; symbiosis
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Department of Soil and Plant Microbiology, Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC, 18008 Granada, Spain
Interests: denitrification; gene expression; nitric oxide; nitrous oxide; regulation; respiration; rhizobia-legume symbiosis

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Department of Soil Microbiology and Symbiotic Systems, Estación Experimental del Zaidín (EEZ), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), 18008 Granada, Spain
Interests: composts; legumes; organic matter; organic and biological fertilizers; nitrous oxide; rhizobium; soil microorganisms; symbiotic nitrogen fixation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) is the predominant source of biologically available nitrogen species to ecosystems. This process of the nitrogen cycle is of great agronomic and environmental importance for sustainability and food security, as it reduces the need for chemical fertilizers to maintain the productivity of staple crops. Rhizobia, the main contributors to BNF, consist of a large group of α- and β-proteobacteria that can form symbiotic associations with leguminous plants, inducing the formation of plant nodules where nitrogen fixation takes place. During this symbiotic interaction, rhizobia must respond to a battery of signals and consequently undergo severe changes in their physiology, from free-living conditions in the soil to a symbiotic state within the highly specialized environment of a plant cell. Biotic and abiotic stresses also affect the fitness of symbiotic efficiency. Recent insights from multidisciplinary disciplines including microbiology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biodiversity, and omics sciences have improved our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying rhizobia–plant interactions, which serves as a basis for the development of biotechnological tools and sustainable agricultural practices. This Special Issue aims to bring together the latest developments and state-of-the-art molecular research in the field of rhizobia, with original articles and concise reviews by experts in the field.

Dr. Socorro Mesa
Dr. María J. Delgado
Dr. Germán Tortosa
Guest Editors

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  • biodiversity
  • environmental factors
  • plant–rhizobia interaction
  • nitrogen fixation
  • regulation
  • signaling
  • symbiosis

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