Special Issue "Interactions between Plant Rhizosphere and Soil Organisms"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016).
Interests: metabolomics/bioinformatics; plant interactions including competition and allelopathy; herbicide discovery
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The rhizosphere is defined as the narrow region (1-2 mm) that surrounds the roots of land plants. Rhizosphere activity and processes are strongly influenced by plant exudates and soil microorganisms. Plants exude various primary and secondary metabolites through the rhizoplane to the neighboring soil rhizosphere that protect the root system from soil pathogens, attract and select useful microorganisms and interact both positively and negatively with other plants, thereby promoting plant growth. The interaction between the plant rhizosphere and surrounding soil is becoming a research hotspot for chemical ecologists. Researchers are now equipped with novel technologies including Next Generation Sequencing, the use of soil profiling and microprobes for genomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics studies, and sophisticated techniques for culture of novel organisms, all of which significantly accelerate our ability to conduct informative studies in soil systems, including those addressing chemical ecology in the rhizosphere, and the role of plants and microorganisms in these interactions.
Although much research has been published during the last few decades addressing soil systems, our understanding of the dynamic processes in the plant rhizosphere is still limited. Additional efforts are required to understand how plants modify and regulate the micro-ecosystem in the rhizosphere and the role of chemical signaling plant/microbial ecology.
This Special Issue intends to improve our understanding of the “interaction between plant rhizosphere and soil organisms”. Submissions could consist of research in topics including but not limited to:
- Diversity of soil microorganisms
- Rhizosphere ecology
- Dynamics of plant root exudation in response to soil microbial and environmental stress
- Co-evolution between plants and their microbial communities
- Genetic diversity among soil microbial communities
- Novel bioactive compound isolation and identification in plants and soil
- Allelochemical localization in plants and soil
- Multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere
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. Leslie A. Weston
Dr. Xiaocheng Zhu
Manuscript Submission Information
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- soil microorganisms
- plant exudates
- evolutionary adaptation
- genetic diversity
- multitrophic interactions
- chemical ecology
- plant root ecology