Protists as main indicators and determinants of plant performance

Sai Guo, Xinnan Hang, Wu Xiong, Zhilei Gao, Zixuan Jiao, Hongjun Liu, Yani Mo, Nan Zhang, George A. Kowalchuk, Rong Li*, Qirong Shen, S.A. Geisen

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Microbiomes play vital roles in plant health and performance, and the development of plant beneficial microbiomes can be steered by organic fertilizer inputs. Especially well-studied are fertilizer-induced changes on bacteria and fungi and how changes in these groups alter plant performance. However, impacts on protist communities, including their trophic interactions within the microbiome and consequences on plant performance remain largely unknown. Here, we tracked the entire microbiome, including bacteria, fungi, and protists, over six growing seasons of cucumber under different fertilization regimes (conventional, organic, and Trichoderma bio-organic fertilization) and linked microbial data to plant yield to identify plant growth-promoting microbes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number64
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2021

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