Special Issue "Plant-Associated Microorganisms: Exploring Their Beneficial and Harmful Impacts on Plant Production in Response to a Changing Climate"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2024 | Viewed by 312

Special Issue Editors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Through thousands of years of evolution, plants and microorganisms have developed fine-tuned associations that result in various protective or destructive mechanisms, leading to plant survival and adaptation to environmental changes. Plants interact with different soil microorganisms, including prokaryotes, fungi, or viruses. Symbiotic microbes can boost or hinder plant nutrient uptake and use efficiency, which affects growth, fitness, yield, and quality even under environmental stresses. Plant-associated microbes activate several physiological, biochemical, and molecular pathways that coordinate carbon and nitrogen metabolism and alter the synthesis and buildup of primary and secondary compounds with osmotic, antioxidant, and hormone-like activity.

This Special Issue of Plants aims to gather recent data and innovations in the research on the mechanisms governing interaction between plants and soil microorganisms, as well as to identify new prospects, directions and challenges in the development of plant and microbial biotechnologies. An integrated understanding of these interactions will empower the design of treatments that specifically promote crop yield and quality under changing climate conditions. We welcome the submission of original research articles, reviews, opinion, and methods, focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Microbial application for plant growth promotion and/or protection;
  • Innovative and more effective microbial formulations towards agriculture sustainability;
  • Drivers, roles, processes, and mechanisms in plant-microbe interactions;
  • Molecular, genomic, and metagenomic analysis of plant-associated microbe biodiversity;
  • Physiological, biochemical, and molecular functions of symbiotic microorganisms in plants to mitigate the adverse impact of environmental stresses;
  • Impact of symbiotic microbes application on plant susceptibility to pathogen infection;
  • Impact of microorganisms on nutrient transformations in soil toward promoting plant fitness.

Dr. Mohamed Ait-El-Mokhtar
Dr. Marouane Baslam
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • plant-microbe interactions
  • endosymbiosis
  • biofertilizers/biological fertilizers/biostimulants
  • plant adaptation and stress tolerance
  • biopriming
  • biocontrol agents
  • legume–rhizobial symbioses
  • arbuscular mycorrhiza
  • rhizosphere microbiome
  • endophytic microbiome
  • sustainable agriculture
  • microbial biotechnology
  • pathogen–host interactions
  • plant defense mechanisms
  • plant disease management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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