Interplay between Plant Pathogens and Rhizospheric Microbioata

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Guest Editors

Dr. Khalid Rehman Hakeem, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Mohd Sayeed Akhtar, Gandhi Faiz-e-Aam College, Shahjahanpur, U.P., India


Rhizosphere harbors many microorganisms and provides excellent niche for the nourishment of a diverse range of microorganisms. The rhizospheric microorganisms have the ability to act as a front-line warrior against the pathogen attack to root. Amongst the different types of beneficial rhizospheric microorganisms, opportunistic fungi (OP) such as Arthrobotrys, Cylindrocarpon, Fusarium, Lecanicillium, Paecilomyces, Plectosphaerella, Pochonia, Rhizoctonia and Trichoderma, plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPR) such as Pseudomonas, Bacillus, Paenibacullus, Burkholderia, etc. are of prime importance. They might play a very significant and crucial role in the management of plant diseases caused by various types of soil-borne pathogens as well as plant-parasitic nematodes. Since the pathogens and rhizspheric microorganisms, both share a common ecological niche and influenced plant growth. Therefore, it is a bit tough to generalize the series of events taking place during this underground assembly in one plane, but the recent development of sophisticated molecular tools has provided an impression on the interaction taking place below the ground level. Hence, this special issue aims to describe the rhizospheric interactions, etiology and behavior of microorganisms (sharing the common space), management strategies, and the molecular mechanisms involved against the unseen enemies. The aim of this special issue is to highlight the following: 

•       Mechanism of interaction between the plant, pathogens and other soil microbiota.

•       Physiological and molecular changes in host and pathogens, and mechanistic aspects.

•       Production of secondary metabolites and their mode of interactions.


Opportunistic Fungi Pathogens; PGPR; Plant Fitness; Plant-Microbes Interaction; Resistance Gene

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