Manipulating wild and tamed phytobiomes: Challenges and opportunities

Phytobiomes Journal
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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 type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Manipulating wild and tamed phytobiomes: Challenges and opportunities
Series title Phytobiomes Journal
DOI 10.1094/PBIOMES-01-19-0006-W
Volume 3
Issue 1
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher The American Phytopathological Society
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 19 p.
First page 3
Last page 21
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