26 January 2021

New publication from INTERACT


New review on the current molecular biology knowledge connected to Bacillus subtilis plant colonization. Read the abstract here.

Title: Molecular Aspects of Plant Growth Promotion and Protection by Bacillus subtilis

Authors: Christopher Blake, Mathilde Nordgaard Christensen, and Ákos T. Kovács


Bacillus subtilis is one of the most widely studied plant growth–promoting rhizobacteria. It is able to promote plant growth as well as control plant pathogens through diverse mechanisms, including the improvement of nutrient availability and alteration of phytohormone homeostasis as well as the production of antimicrobials and triggering induced systemic resistance, respectively. Even though its benefits for crop production have been recognized and studied extensively under laboratory conditions, the success of its application in fields varies immensely. It is widely accepted that agricultural application of B. subtilis often fails because the bacteria are not able to persist in the rhizosphere. Bacterial colonization of plant roots is a crucial step in the interaction between microbe and plant and seems, therefore, to be of great importance for its growth promotion and biocontrol effects. A successful root colonization depends thereby on both bacterial traits, motility and biofilm formation, as well as on a signal interplay with the plant. This review addresses current knowledge about plantmicrobial interactions of the B. subtilis species, including the various mechanisms for supporting plant growth as well as the necessity for the establishment of the relationship.

Reference to the full publication:

Blake C, Nordgaard Christensen M, Kovács ÁT (2020) Molecular aspects of plant growth promotion and protection by Bacillus subtilis. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (https://doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-08-20-0225-CR)