, Volume 81, Issue 1-4, pp 373-383

Microbe–plant interactions: principles and mechanisms

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The present status of research on the molecular basis of microbe–plant interactions is discussed. Principles and mechanisms which play a role in the interactions of microbial pathogens, biofertilizers, phytostimulators, rhizoremediators and biocontrol agents with the plants are treated. Special emphasis is given to colonization, phase variation, two-component systems, quorum sensing, complex regulation of the syntheses of extracellular enzymes and secondary metabolites, Type 4 pili and Type III and Type IV secretion systems.