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Special Issue "Interaction between Plants, Microorganisms, and Soils in Different Ecosystems"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anna Gałązka
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Department of Agriculture Microbiology, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute, Czartoryskich 8, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
Interests: microbial diversity of soils (research in molecular biology; evaluation of genetic differentiation and identification of microorganisms and characterization of metabolic profile of bacteria and fungi)
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Dr. Łukasz Pawlik
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Institute of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Silesia, ul. Bedzinska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
Interests: forest disturbance; windstorm; machine learning; biomorphodynamics; geohazards

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants are colonised by an extremely high number of organisms, which can reach cell density much greater than the number of cells in the plant itself. In addition, the number of genes of microorganisms inhabiting the rhizosphere significantly exceeds the number of plant genes. Plants act as a link between communities of microorganisms, insects, and other invertebrate and vertebrate animals occurring both above and below the soil surface. In the natural environment, abiotic and biotic factors have an indirect or direct impact on plants. The root system of a plant works like a factory that produces a huge amount of chemicals to communicate effectively with the microorganisms around it. At the same time, micro-organisms can use these compounds as an energy source. The variety of microorganisms associated with plant roots is enormous, amounting to tens of thousands of species. This complex microbial community, also called the second plant genome, is essential for plant health and productivity. Over the last few years, there has been significant progress in research into the structure and dynamics of the microbial sphere of the rhizosphere. It has been proven that plants shape the composition of microorganisms by synthesizing root secretions. On the other hand, microorganisms play a key role in the functioning of plants through their positive impact on their growth and development. In general, rhizosphere microorganisms promote plant growth directly by providing plants with minerals such as nitrogen and phosphorus and by synthesizing growth regulators, as well as indirectly, by inhibiting the development of various plant pathogens. Researchers use novel technologies including next-generation sequencing, the use of soil profiling and microprobes for genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics studies to conduct informative studies in the soil rhizosphere, and the role of plants and microorganisms in these interactions.

This Special Issue intends to improve our understanding of the “Interaction between the Plant Rhizosphere and Soil Organisms”. Submissions could consist of research on topics including but not limited to:

  • Diversity of soil microorganisms;
  • Soil microorganisms in forest ecosystems;
  • Rhizosphere diversity;
  • Interaction between plants and their microbial communities;
  • Functions of rhizosphere microorganisms;
  • Microorganisms synthesizing plant growth regulators;
  • Biological plant protection;
  • Genetic diversity among soil microbial communities;
  • Novel bioactive compound isolation and identification in plants and soil.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the submission of research articles, reviews, as well as technical notes and communications, on these related topics.

Prof. Dr. Anna Gałązka
Dr. Łukasz Pawlik
Guest Editors

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  • microbiome and mycobiome of soil and tree rhizosphere
  • mycorrhizal fungi
  • next-generation sequencing
  • soil and tree biodiversity
  • interaction between plants and microorganisms

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Bisphenol A—A Dangerous Pollutant Distorting the Biological Properties of Soil
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22(23), 12753; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms222312753 (registering DOI) - 25 Nov 2021
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Bisphenol A (BPA), with its wide array of products and applications, is currently one of the most commonly produced chemicals in the world. A narrow pool of data on BPA–microorganism–plant interaction mechanisms has stimulated the following research, the aim of which has been [...] Read more.
Bisphenol A (BPA), with its wide array of products and applications, is currently one of the most commonly produced chemicals in the world. A narrow pool of data on BPA–microorganism–plant interaction mechanisms has stimulated the following research, the aim of which has been to determine the response of the soil microbiome and crop plants, as well as the activity of soil enzymes exposed to BPA pressure. A range of disturbances was assessed, based on the activity of seven soil enzymes, an abundance of five groups of microorganisms, and the structural diversity of the soil microbiome. The condition of the soil was verified by determining the values of the indices: colony development (CD), ecophysiological diversity (EP), the Shannon–Weaver index, and the Simpson index, tolerance of soil enzymes, microorganisms and plants (TIBPA), biochemical soil fertility (BA21), the ratio of the mass of aerial parts to the mass of plant roots (PR), and the leaf greenness index: Soil and Plant Analysis Development (SPAD). The data brought into sharp focus the adverse effects of BPA on the abundance and ecophysiological diversity of fungi. A change in the structural composition of bacteria was noted. Bisphenol A had a more beneficial effect on the Proteobacteria than on bacteria from the phyla Actinobacteria or Bacteroidetes. The microbiome of the soil exposed to BPA was numerously represented by bacteria from the genus Sphingomonas. In this object pool, the highest fungal OTU richness was achieved by the genus Penicillium, a representative of the phylum Ascomycota. A dose of 1000 mg BPA kg−1 d.m. of soil depressed the activity of dehydrogenases, urease, acid phosphatase and β-glucosidase, while increasing that of alkaline phosphatase and arylsulfatase. Spring oilseed rape and maize responded significantly negatively to the soil contamination with BPA. Full article
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