What's new in the plant microbiome?

April 08, 2014

The Microbiota of Plants - Botany special issue just released

The April 2014 issue of our journal Botany is an interesting collection of papers that captures the diversity of plant-microbiome research. The papers are from "The Plant Microbiome" symposium at the 8th Annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) held May 12-15, 2013. The Microbiota of Plants was organized and guest edited by Miranda Hart, an Assistant Professor of Biology at UBC, Okanagan.

In the Introduction to the Special Issue, Miranda Hart writes:

This is only one of many recent special issues and meetings devoted to the “Plant Microbiome” or “Plant Microbiota”. The complicated relationship between plants and microbes has caught the imagination of plant biologists and ecologists everywhere, it seems. And just as human microbiome researchers are discovering how crucial microbes are for us, research on plants is showing how important microbes are for plant development and performance. It is easy to understand why so many are getting caught up in this new and growing field.

The diversity of research going on in this field is showcased in this special and includes investigations of a variety of plant “habitats” such as roots, leaves, and floral parts, as well as a variety of microbes, from bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to dark septate fungi.

As Miranda explains, "we hope that [this Special] inspires researchers of overlooked aspects of plant microbiota research to get in on the game, and contribute to a more complete picture of this complex 'ecosystem'".

The full issue "The Microbiota of Plants" is available here.

A few of the papers included in the Special Issue follow:

Integrating physiological, community, and evolutionary perspectives on the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis

by Ylva Lekberg, Roger T. Koide

Botany, 2014, 92(4): 241-251, 10.1139/cjb-2013-0182

The microbial ecology of flowers: an emerging frontier in phyllosphere research

by Kristin Aleklett, Miranda Hart, Ashley Shade

Botany, 2014, 92(4): 253-266, 10.1139/cjb-2013-0166

Plant traits and taxonomy drive host associations in tropical phyllosphere fungal communities

by Steven W. Kembel, Rebecca C. Mueller

Botany, 2014, 92(4): 303-311, 10.1139/cjb-2013-0194

Published since 1929, Botany  features comprehensive research articles and notes in all segments of plant sciences. Botany, published by Canadian Science Publishing, is part of the NRC Research Press collection of journals.

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