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Cannabis Microbiome and the Role of Endophytes in Modulating the Production of Secondary Metabolites: An Overview

Plant Science Department, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, MacDonald Campus of McGill University, QC H9X 3V9, Canada
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Microorganisms 2020, 8(3), 355; https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8030355
Received: 13 January 2020 / Revised: 26 February 2020 / Accepted: 28 February 2020 / Published: 2 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fungal Endophytes and Their Interactions with Plants)
Plants, including cannabis (Cannabis sativa subsp. sativa), host distinct beneficial microbial communities on and inside their tissues and organs, including seeds. They contribute to plant growth, facilitating mineral nutrient uptake, inducing defence resistance against pathogens, and modulating the production of plant secondary metabolites. Understanding the microbial partnerships with cannabis has the potential to affect the agricultural practices by improving plant fitness and the yield of cannabinoids. Little is known about this beneficial cannabis-microbe partnership, and the complex relationship between the endogenous microbes associated with various tissues of the plant, and the role that cannabis may play in supporting or enhancing them. This review will consider cannabis microbiota studies and the effects of endophytes on the elicitation of secondary metabolite production in cannabis plants. The review aims to shed light on the importance of the cannabis microbiome and how cannabinoid compound concentrations can be stimulated through symbiotic and/or mutualistic relationships with endophytes. View Full-Text
Keywords: Cannabis sativa; marijuana; hemp; microbiome; endophytes; secondary metabolites; Cannabinoids; gut microbiota; root microbiota Cannabis sativa; marijuana; hemp; microbiome; endophytes; secondary metabolites; Cannabinoids; gut microbiota; root microbiota
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Taghinasab, M.; Jabaji, S. Cannabis Microbiome and the Role of Endophytes in Modulating the Production of Secondary Metabolites: An Overview. Microorganisms 2020, 8, 355. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8030355

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Taghinasab M, Jabaji S. Cannabis Microbiome and the Role of Endophytes in Modulating the Production of Secondary Metabolites: An Overview. Microorganisms. 2020; 8(3):355. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8030355

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Taghinasab, Meysam, and Suha Jabaji. 2020. "Cannabis Microbiome and the Role of Endophytes in Modulating the Production of Secondary Metabolites: An Overview" Microorganisms 8, no. 3: 355. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8030355

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