Plant Mol Biol (2016) 90:535 DOI 10.1007/s11103-016-0470-y EDITORIAL Sharon Lafferty Doty Published online: 22 March 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016 With the growing human population and the impacts of Increased tolerance to abiotic factors including salinity and climate change, agricultural and bioenergy crops will need limited nutrients as well as overall increased growth and to be produced with reduced inputs of water, chemical health are the topics of three of the papers. Many of the fertilizers and pesticides to be more environmentally sus- authors included future perspectives on how to move this tainable. Symbiosis with microorganisms can allow plants important research ﬁeld forward. Information gained from to overcome such challenges. By understanding the natural plant–microbe interaction studies in native habitats may be plant–microbe interactions at work to increase plant stress especially relevant since the host plant and microorganisms tolerance and health, innovative new technologies may be have co-evolved with opportunities by the plant to select developed to increase production. Although the molecular over time the most beneﬁcial symbionts. Understanding the interactions between rhizobia and legumes has been requirements for recruitment, recognition, colonization, extensively studied, the communication between other and response will be essential if this knowledge is to be beneﬁcial plant microorganisms and the host plants, and applied to commercial agriculture. Determination of the the mechanistic basis for the increased growth and health mechanisms by which microbiota impart tolerance to biotic imparted by these symbionts on the plant host are only and abiotic stress will enable optimization for improved recently being elucidated. plant health and growth under the increased challenges This special issue is dedicated to these topics, featuring resulting from climate change. research articles as well as review papers. Early commu- The contribution of all the authors and the manuscript nication, from chemotaxis, recognition of the microbes by reviewers is greatly appreciated. My Guest Editor col- the plant, effective colonization, and the plant genes nec- leagues Adriana Hemerly, Behnam Khatabi, Corne ´ Pieterse essary for positive response to the microorganisms are the and I are also grateful for the support of the Editor-in-Chief focus of nine of the papers. Biotic stress tolerance con- and the editorial staff for making this Special Issue ferred by plant-associated microorganisms against insects possible. and microbial pathogens is covered in three papers. & Sharon Lafferty Doty firstname.lastname@example.org University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
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