Plant-Microbiome Interactions, Activity and Ecology in Terrestrial Ecosystems

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Protection and Biotic Interactions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 158

Special Issue Editors

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: soil microbiology; microbial ecology; plant growth promotion; root symbionts; microbial communities
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Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: microbial ecology; plant–microbe interactions; microbial plant growth promotion; microbial processes; agricultural microbiology
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Department of Grasslands and Forage Crops, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Interests: HNV; semi-natural grasslands; oligotrophic grassland; grassland management; biodiversity; indicator species; organic and mineral inputs; mulching; ecologic and agronomic value of grassland; climate fluctuation and vegetation dynamics
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Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP), Italian National Research Council (CNR), Viale Mattioli 25, 10125 Torino, Italy
Interests: environmental microbiology: plants and soil microorganisms; root symbioses; plant–soil microbial interactions; nitrogen-fixing symbionts, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their associated bacteria; metabarcoding analysis of soil microbial communities (fungi, bacteria, archaea) in natural (alpine, Mediterranean ecosystems) and agricultural environments (soils subjected to land-use gradient) and their impact on plant growth and development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Terrestrial ecosystems are characterized by complex microbiomes, with numerous microbial species interacting and sustaining a large diversity of ecosystem services. Microbial associations are shaped by the amount and source of inputs, which are visible in the fluctuations of functionality, equitability, diversity, and nutrient cycles. Soil microbial screening produces indicators of ecosystem climax and temporal stability.

Microorganism acts as plant growth promoters, linked to plant communities both in the below and above-ground, with specific activities from the rhizosphere up to the phyllosphere. Microbes, whether they are beneficial (symbionts) or plant pathogens, are found in numerous processes with specific activities that establish plant survival and extension in the ecosystem community. The diversity and functionality of microbial communities offers multiple biological mechanisms to alleviate the negative effects and the achievement of resilience. Microbial inoculum represents a useful tool to increase the efficiency of microbial communities, including bioremediation and biocontrol processes, that lead to the maintenance of ecosystem functions and stability.

The assessment of soil microorganisms and microbial communities offers fast and realistic data related to stresses and the pressure on ecosystems. Negative interactions can partially suppress the microbial ecosystem services, but also can act as a filter for aggressive species.

Dr. Vlad Stoian
Dr. Roxana Vidican
Dr. Florin Pacurar
Dr. Erica Lumini
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Keywords

  • microbial communities
  • positive and negative interactions
  • microbial climax
  • plant growth promotion
  • ecosystem services

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