Helping plants to deal with insects: the role of beneficial soil-borne microbes

A.M. Pineda Gomez, S.J. Zheng, J.J.A. van Loon, C.M.J. Pieterse, M. Dicke

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Several soil-borne microbes such as mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria can help plants to deal with biotic and abiotic stresses via plant growth promotion and induced resistance. Such beneficial belowground microbes interact in a bidirectional way via the plant with aboveground insects such as herbivores, their natural enemies and pollinators. The role of these interactions in natural and agricultural ecosystems is receiving increased attention, and the molecular and physiological mechanisms involved in these interactions should be the focus of more attention. Here, we review the recent discoveries on plant-mediated interactions between beneficial belowground microbes and aboveground insects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-514
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • induced systemic resistance
  • arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
  • growth-promoting rhizobacteria
  • unspecialized endophytic fungus
  • foliar-feeding insects
  • below-ground mutualism
  • pseudomonas-fluorescens
  • herbivore interactions
  • arabidopsis-thaliana
  • induced defe


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