Plant Growth and Health Promoting Plant-Microbe Interactions

  • Baby Summuna
  • Sachin Gupta
  • Parveez Ahmed Sheikh


The interaction of microbes with plants at the molecular biology and molecular genetics level describes a big concern for a broad range of scientific studies. These interactions can be of various types including pathogenic, symbiotic, and associative, all of which have an impact on plant productivity, disease resistance, and stress tolerance. Such plant-microbe interactions determine the plant fitness and soil health. The important functions for the growth of plants are fulfilled by the microorganisms associated with them. Plant fitness depends on the availability of beneficial microbiome and available nutrient status. There are various mechanisms which are either directly or indirectly implicated in the suppression of soilborne pathogens leading to ameliorated plant health. Microorganisms live as complex populations in the soil and not in the form of pure culture. More than one type of organisms is present in every soil particle. Therefore, the sum of abiotic and biotic components of soil comprise the microbial ecosystem of soil. Most of these organisms are dependent upon one another for direct and indirect nutrients. Some organisms are in competition with one another for energy sources and the elements and components used as nutrients. Hence, numerous associations are formed among soil microorganisms. The nature of microbiome is determined by the biological equilibrium which is a result of interaction among the microbial community. The individual microbes may develop various kinds of interactions such as neutral or beneficial or detrimental.


Plant growth Plant health Rhizosphere Endophytes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Baby Summuna
    • 1
  • Sachin Gupta
    • 2
  • Parveez Ahmed Sheikh
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Plant PathologyFaculty of Agriculture, Wadura, SKUAST-KashmirSrinagarIndia
  2. 2.Division of Plant Pathology ChathaSKUAST-JammuSrinagarIndia
  3. 3.KVK, KulgamSKUAST-KashmirSrinagarIndia

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