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Endophytic Bacteria: Microbial Ecology, Genomic Analysis and Biotechnological Applications

Submission deadline: 31 October 2023
Special Issue Editors
  • Renato Fani, PhD
    Laborataory of Microbial and Molecular Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Florence, Via Madonna del Piano 6, Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy
    Interests: bacterial genetics; bacterial evolution; molecular evolution; endophytes; medicinal plants
  • Giovanni Emiliani, PhD
    Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection (IPSP), SS Sesto Fiorentino, National Research Council (CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
    Interests: plant-microbes interaction; plant pathology; genomics; abiotic and biotic stress response of plants
  • Giulia Semenzato
    Department of Biology, University of Florence, Via Madonna del Piano 6, Sesto Fiorentino, Florence, Italy
    Interests: bacterial endophytes; medicinal and aromatic plants; essential oil; antibiotics; volatile organic compounds
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Endophytic bacteria can beneficially influence plant growth and health, by facilitating the acquisition of nutrients, modulating the levels of phytohormones, and inducing systemic resistance in their host. A plant microbiome can therefore enhance plant resistance and resilience against unfavorable environmental conditions. Furthermore, they can influence a plant’s secondary metabolism, and/or directly synthesize molecules with biological activities that might be useful in various biotechnological applications for human well-being, protection of ecosystems, and sustainable use of resources. Bacterial infections are regulated by the activation of specific molecular processes in both plants and microorganisms; however, little is known about the selective forces driving the assembly and evolution of endophytic microbial communities in different plant species and/or plant organs.

The availability of multi-omics techniques offers the possibility to accumulate data at an unprecedented depth to unravel the mechanisms in plant–microbiota interactions. However, a stronger integration of plant-associated microbiome data with plant physiological and metabolic processes is needed to increase our understanding of cross-species interactions in complex biological systems.
This Special Issue aims to collect Research and Review papers leading to a better understanding of the multifaceted and complex relationship between plants and their associated microbiome.

Papers dealing with the following research topics are particularly welcome:

Biodiversity of endophytic microbiomes in normal and “extreme” plant environments
Microbiome functional diversity in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum
Plant microbiome assembly and selection of driving forces
Transcriptomic studies of plant-endophytic microbiome interactions
The role of endophytic bacteria in the biosynthesis of bioactive molecules
Microbe-mediated biotic and abiotic stress resistance in plants and PGP mechanisms
Genomics and comparative genomics of endophytic bacteria
Biotechnological applications of endophytic isolates and/or consortia

Prof. Dr. Renato Fani, Dr. Giovanni Emiliani and Dr. Giulia Semenzato

Guest Editors

metabolic pathways
bioactive molecules, biotechnology
Manuscript Submission Information

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