Special Issue "Plant Control of Symbiotic Microbe Behavior and Reproduction"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2019
Dr. Charles W. Bacon
Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Russell Research Center, 950 College Station Road, Athens, GA 30604, USA
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Interests: regulation and biosynthesis of mycotoxins; fungal endophyte-grass relationships; bacterial endophytes, and the coevolution of secondary products; primarily mycotoxins, with grasses and other plants, as an adaptive strategy for mutualistic associations
Plants are host to numerous microbes (mutualists, pathogens and saprobes), on and within their tissues. It is becoming increasingly clear that these associations are not mere chance interactions between plants and microbes—but, rather, are functional and under host selection, control, and regulation. Host plants select microbes that they will permit to enter into their tissues, then they cultivate them, controlling their behaviors and regulating their numbers. Collaboration with microbes is a key way that plants interface with the environment to obtain nutrients and defend themselves from biotic and abiotic stresses—and plants rely on microbes to modulate plant development. Since intimate association with microbes that enter into plant tissues is "playing with fire" in the sense that microbes retain a parasitism capacity, virulence and reproduction of endophytic microbes must be managed by the host plant. In this topic we will explore the functions of microbes in plant tissues and the ways that plant hosts select and manage the microbes in their tissues.
Prof. James White
Dr. Charles W. Bacon
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- Dark septate endophytes
- Quorum quenching/sensing
- Plant secondary metabolites
- Plant antimicrobials
- Rhizophagy cycle