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Plant Surface Microbiology

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  • Enables researchers to identify which experimental approaches might provide the most realistic evaluation of the roles of microorganisms in natural communities
  • The highly complex interactions of microbial communities with plants are illustrated by presenting concrete experimental studies of typical symbiosis
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Most plants rely on the co-existence with microorganisms: both groups benefit from these symbioses. It has been shown that a large number of specific genes in plants and microorganisms are only activated during these interactions. Of course, various microbes also act as pathogens.

Interactions between plants and microorganisms are often located on plant surfaces, such as leaf cuticles, seeds and mainly on the roots. The communication between plants and microbes is the main topic treated in "Plant Surface Microbiology", such as the signaling within a symbiosis, the molecular differences between symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms, the role of microorganisms in the development of plants or in plant protection against deleterious agents. Further contributions are devoted to: the analysis of bacterial communities in the rhizosphere; microbial population genetics; aspects of mycorrhizal symbiosis; functional genomic approaches and the use of microorganisms as bio-indicator of soil disturbance.

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

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  4. Section D


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"This more than 620-page volume (which includes 138 illustrations, two of which are in colour, and a considerable, detailed subject index) carefully examines the interaction between plants and micro-organisms located on plant surfaces … . This volume summarizes and updates both the state of knowledge and theories and their possible biotechnological applications. It will be thus interest to a diverse audience of researchers, and instructors, especially biologists, biochemists, agronomists, foresters, horticulturists, mycologists, soil scientists, ecologists, plant physiologists, plant molecular biologists, geneticists, and microbiologists." (P. L. Pisanni, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Issue 3, 2005)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Amity University, Noida, India

    Ajit Varma

  • The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia

    Lynette Abbott

  • Philipps Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany

    Dietrich Werner

  • University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

    Rüdiger Hampp

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Plant Surface Microbiology

  • Editors: Ajit Varma, Lynette Abbott, Dietrich Werner, Rüdiger Hampp

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  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-00923-8Published: 24 March 2004

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-540-74050-6Published: 10 October 2007

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-540-74051-3Published: 26 September 2007

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 632

  • Topics: Plant Sciences, Agriculture, Microbial Ecology, Eukaryotic Microbiology, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology

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