Special Issue "Plant–Microbe Interactions in Arid Environments"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Microbe Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 166

Special Issue Editor

State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, China
Interests: agriculture sustainability; environmental microbiology; medicinal plants; endophytes; biofertilizer; biocontrol

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scientific community classifies endophytes into three main subsets based on whether they undertake facultative, obligate, or opportunistic colonization of the host plant. The interactions between plants and beneficial microorganisms, such as some Actinobacteria, Firmicutes, etc., have become a prevalent topic in the search for biological control and growth promotion strategies, and are important to both symbionts in terms of enhancing adaptability, survival, and fitness. However, a complete understanding has not yet been achieved of the mechanisms underlying such interactions, which can enhance growth (directly or indirectly), protect the host against fungal pathogens, and produce bioactive compounds as a source of various biological activities and biotechnological applications. Likewise, the extent to which external biotic and abiotic factors influence these relationships remains largely unclear. A deeper understanding of the interactions between microorganisms and their plant hosts would also greatly benefit the growing agricultural biotechnology industry.

This Special Issue aims to provide new insights into the mechanisms underlying the interactions between microorganisms and their plant hosts, and the ecological importance of these symbioses. Its main focus will be on the positive effects of plant–microbe associations on plants’ growth and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, and it will include recent advances in the application of this knowledge to improving crop yields and the environmental sustainability of agricultural practices.

This Special Issue welcomes reviews, opinions, and original research articles on the progress in and current understanding of fundamental and applied research related to beneficial plant–microorganism interactions, and how these interactions can be implemented to improve agricultural sustainability.

Dr. Osama Abdalla Abdelshafy Mohamad
Guest Editor

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  • agriculture sustainability
  • environmental microbiology
  • medicinal plants
  • endophytes
  • biofertilizer
  • biocontrol

Published Papers

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