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Title: Microbiome studies in the biological control of plant pathogens

item CARO, ALEJANDRO - Corpoica
item GONZALEZ, CAROLINA - Corpoica
item BALBIN-SUAREZ, ALICIA - Julius Kuhn Institute
item Wisniewski, Michael
item BERG, GABRIELLE - Universitat Graz
item SMALLA, KORNELIA - Julius Kuhn Institute
item COTES, ALBA MARINA - Corpoica

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/28/2018
Publication Date: 6/15/2018
Citation: Caro, A., Gonzalez, C., Balbin-Suarez, A., Wisniewski, M.E., Berg, G., Smalla, K., Cotes, A. 2018. Microbiome studies in the biological control of plant pathogens. In: Cotes, A.M., editor. Control biologico de fitopatogenos insectos y acaros. Agrosavia, Bogata, Colombia. p. 260-292.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Biological control of plant pathogens, although it has been a successful alternative that has allowed to select microorganisms for the generation of bioproducts and to understand multiple biological mechanisms, cannot be considered as a strategy defined only from the selection of a range of cultivable microorganisms, nor understood from interactions in a single direction: plant-pathogen or plant-pathogen-control agent. Thanks to the development of mass sequencing technologies and the omics sciences, it has been possible to take into account the rest of the microbial community from the study of the independent culture of the established communities in different tissues, their genes and their interactions, today known as microbiome. The knowledge of the microbiome of plants has been able to elucidate which microorganisms are present in the different tissues, what their possible functions may be, how they express these functions against different environmental conditions and what their possible role in plant health, human health and agricultural production. Based on this context and given the current relevance of the microbiome, in this chapter we will highlight the importance of studying the microbiome from its origins to its application, both in the biological control of plant pathogens, and in the development of new management strategies.