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Manipulating wild and tamed phytobiomes: Challenges and opportunities

March 14, 2019

This white paper presents a series of perspectives on current and future phytobiome management, discussed at the Wild and Tamed Phytobiomes Symposium in University Park, PA, USA, in June 2018. To enhance plant productivity and health, and to translate lab- and greenhouse-based phytobiome research to field applications, the academic community and end-users need to address a variety of scientific, practical, and social challenges. Prior discussion of phytobiomes has focused heavily on plant-associated bacterial and fungal assemblages, but the phytobiomes concept covers all factors that influence plant function. Here we discuss various management considerations, including abiotic conditions (e.g. soil, nutrient applications), microorganisms (e.g. bacterial and fungal assemblages, bacterial and fungal inoculants, viruses), macroorganisms (e.g. arthropods, plant genetics), and societal factors (e.g. communication approaches, technology diffusion). An important near-term goal for this field should be to estimate the potential relative contribution of different components of the phytobiome to plant health, as well as the potential and risk of modifying each in the near-future.

Publication Year 2019
Title Manipulating wild and tamed phytobiomes: Challenges and opportunities
DOI 10.1094/PBIOMES-01-19-0006-W
Authors Terrence H. Bell, Kevin L. Hockett, Ricardo Ivan Alcalá-Briseño, Mary Barbercheck, Gwyn A. Beattie, Mary Ann Bruns, John E. Carlson, Taejung Chung, Alyssa Collins, Bryan Emmett, Paul Esker, Karen Garrett, Leland Glenna, Beth K. Gugino, Maria del Mar Jimenez-Gasco, Linda Kinkel, Jasna Kovac, Kurt P. Kowalski, Gretchen Kuldau, Johan H. J. Leveau, Matthew J. Michalska-Smith, Jessica Myrick, Kari Peter, Maria Fernanda Vivanco Salazar, Ashley Shade, Nejc Stopnisek, Xiaoquing Tan, Amy T. Welty, Etienne Yergeau, Kyle Wickings
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Phytobiomes Journal
Index ID 70202626
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center