Plant–microbe eco-evolutionary dynamics in a changing world

Violeta Angulo, Nicolas Beriot, Edisa Garcia-Hernandez, Erqin Li, Raul Masteling, Jennifer A. Lau*

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Abstract

Both plants and their associated microbiomes can respond strongly to anthropogenic environmental changes. These responses can be both ecological (e.g. a global change affecting plant demography or microbial community composition) and evolutionary (e.g. a global change altering natural selection on plant or microbial populations). As a result, global changes can catalyse eco-evolutionary feedbacks. Here, we take a plant-focused perspective to discuss how microbes mediate plant ecological responses to global change and how these ecological effects can influence plant evolutionary response to global change. We argue that the strong and functionally important relationships between plants and their associated microbes are particularly likely to result in eco-evolutionary feedbacks when perturbed by global changes and discuss how improved understanding of plant–microbe eco-evolutionary dynamics could inform conservation or even agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1919-1928
JournalNew Phytologist
Volume234
Issue number6
Early online date3 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022

Keywords

  • eco-evolutionary dynamics
  • holobiome
  • microbe-mediated adaptation
  • rapid adaptation
  • species interactions
  • symbiosis

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