Special Issue "Probiotic Microorganism in Plants, Rhizosphere and Soil"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Diana Di Gioia

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), University of Bologna, viale Fanin 4240127 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: gut microbiota; probiotics and prebiotics; antibacterials; probiotic microorganisms in plants, rhizosphere and soil

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants and the soil in which they grow are part of a rich ecosystem including numerous diverse microorganisms. It has been long recognized that some of these microbes play important roles in plant growth, health and productivity by deploying different functions, including improved nutrition, antibiotic secretion and improved resistance to pathogens.

In the last few years, knowledge on the rhizosphere microbiota, its interaction with plants and its role in soil fertility has progressed. There is clear evidence that plants shape the structure of this microbiota, most probably by root exudates and also that bacteria have developed various adaptations to survive and grow in this hard rhizospheric niche. The mechanisms of these interactions still need to be elucidated, and further studies are necessary.

Moreover, it has become clear in the last decade that the addition of beneficial microorganisms, referred to as "probiotics", to the rhizosphere may be a successful way to improve plant health and soil nutrient management. This Special Issue aims to summarize current knowledge on the interactions between plants and rhizosphere associated bacteria and/or inoculated bacteria to improve the understanding of this aspect of plant nutrition.

For this purpose, we invite you to submit research articles, review articles and short communications related to the relationship between beneficial and probiotic microorganisms and the plant/soil system.

Assoc. Prof. Diana Di Gioia
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • beneficial microorganisms
  • probiotics
  • plant nutrition
  • rhizosphere
  • soil fertility
  • plant–soil interaction

Published Papers

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