Special Issue "Microbial Metabolites for Plant Performance and Food Quality"

A special issue of Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Maria Teresa Dell'Abate
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Guest Editor
Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria – Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA), Via della Navicella 2, 4-00184 Roma, Italy
Interests: soil organic matter; thermal analysis; C stability; soil fertility; soil microbial activity
Dr. Eligio Malusá
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Guest Editor
Research Institute of Horticulture and CREA-Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology
Interests: plant-microbes interactions; plant nutrition and protection; organic farming
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Dr. Maurizio Petrozziello
Guest Editor
CREA, Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria (Italy), Asti, Italy
Interests: fermented beverages; grape and wine secondary metabolites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The metabolomic response of plants to agricultural practices and environmental constraints, both abiotic and biotic, is largely dependent on an integrated pathway through soil–plant–microbial relationships occurring either with the rhizospheric or the endophytic microbiomes. These complex and multifaceted relations drive the variations in the metabolic profile of agricultural products, which can impact plant resilience against stresses as well as the final quality of produce, including the imprint of the geographical origin on product metabolomics. Microbial metabolic pathways also have a pivotal role in the quality of processed plant products within the agro-industrial value chains. In particular, yeasts and bacteria can shape the olfactory profile of fermented foods and beverages both directly and indirectly by the production of key secondary metabolites or the transformation of aromatic precursors present in the raw materials. These changes in volatilome composition are also crucial in orienting consumer’s preferences. It appears clear that microbial metabolites are relevant to various fields related to soil and plant research such as plant physiology, soil ecology, biofertilization, bioprotection, and food quality and processing, which can also have a direct link to the human microbiome and its impact on human wellbeing.

This Special Issue will highlight the use of metabolomics in soil–plant–microbe interactions, including, but not limited to, the identification of biomarkers, interdisciplinary studies, bioinformatics, and methodological advancements. We also welcome review papers and perspective contributions useful to improve our understanding of the microbial-mediated link from soil and plant to food quality within a wide system perspective.

Dr. Maria Teresa Dell'Abate
Dr. Eligio Malusá
Dr. Maurizio Petrozziello
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Microbiome
  • Secondary plant metabolites
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Soil microbial ecology
  • Fertilization
  • Food quality
  • Metabolite profiling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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