Special Issue "Plant–Bacterial Interaction: From Molecule to Ecosystem"

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Bernard R. Glick
Guest Editor
Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
Interests: plant–bacterial interactions; PGPB; ACC deaminase; ethylene; IAA

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, there has been a worldwide surge of interest in studies involving plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) and their interaction with plants. This interest is based on the idea that these bacteria will eventually be used on a large scale in sustainable agricultural practice and that the successful implementation of PGPB in agriculture may eventually facilitate the partial, or even complete, replacement of the current excessive use of potentially dangerous chemicals in agriculture. However, before the use of PGPB can become even more widespread, it is necessary for scientists to develop a greater understanding of many of the fundamental biochemical, physiological and genetic mechanisms that are operative in plant–bacterial interactions so that the use of these organisms can become a standard and highly reproducible approach to agriculture. Thus, for PGPB technology to continue to develop to realize its full potential, it is imperative that fundamental research in this field continues unabated. In this Special Issue, many of the basic mechanisms used by PGPB to facilitate plant growth and development and their potential application in agriculture will be explored.

Prof. Bernard R. Glick
Guest Editor

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  • plant–bacterial interactions
  • plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB)
  • biocontrol
  • abiotic stress
  • indoleacetic acid
  • ethylene
  • gibberellin
  • siderophores
  • nitrogen fixation
  • volatile organic compounds

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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