Steering soil microbiomes to suppress aboveground insect pests

Ana Pineda (Co-auteur), Ian Kaplan, T. Martijn Bezemer

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Soil-borne microbes affect aboveground herbivorous insects through a cascade of molecular and chemical changes in the plant, but knowledge of these microbe?plant?insect interactions is mostly limited to one or a few microbial strains. Yet, the soil microbial community comprises thousands of unique taxa interacting in complex networks, the so-called 'microbiome', which provides plants with multiple beneficial functions. There has been little exploration of the role and management of whole microbiomes in plant-insect interactions, calling for the integration of this complexity in aboveground-belowground research. Here, we propose holistic approaches to select soil microbiomes that can be used to protect plants from aboveground attackers.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)770-778
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftTrends in Plant Science
Nummer van het tijdschrift9
StatusGepubliceerd - 2017

Research theme

  • Chemical communication
  • Microbiomes


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