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Principles of Plant-Microbe Interactions

Microbes for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Ben Lugtenberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Introductory Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Thomas Schäfer, Tom Adams
      Pages 5-6
    3. Ben Lugtenberg
      Pages 7-15
    4. Johan H. J. Leveau
      Pages 17-24
    5. Jesús Mercado-Blanco
      Pages 25-32
    6. Jan Tommassen, Han A. B. Wösten
      Pages 33-44
    7. Aurelien Carlier, Gabriella Pessi, Leo Eberl
      Pages 45-52
  3. Phytopathogens and Pest Insects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Jan van der Wolf, Solke H. De Boer
      Pages 65-77
    3. Pierre J. G. M. de Wit
      Pages 79-90
    4. Johannes Helder, Mariëtte Vervoort, Hanny van Megen, Katarzyna Rybarczyk-Mydłowska, Casper Quist, Geert Smant et al.
      Pages 91-102
    5. Eddy van der Meijden
      Pages 103-114
    6. Carmen Büttner, Susanne von Bargen, Martina Bandte
      Pages 115-122
    7. Corné M. J. Pieterse, Saskia C. M. Van Wees
      Pages 123-133
    8. Dulce Eleonora de Oliveira, Marc Van Montagu
      Pages 135-144
  4. Control of Plant Diseases and Pests using Beneficial Microbes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153

About this book


Plants interact with small organisms in their environment, such as bacteria, fungi, oomycetes, nematodes and insects.  Some of these can cause diseases and pests whereas others can have a plant-beneficial action, such as (i) protecting plants against diseases, (ii) enhancing plant growth and productivity, (iii) reducing plant stresses caused by attackers, draught and salts, and (iv) cleaning soils from pollutants.
Our understanding of plant-microbe interactions advances rapidly and the application of beneficial microbes in agriculture and horticulture - presently USD 1.7 billion annually - is increasing fast. Therefore, there is a strong need to present the principles of these interactions to a broad public. In this book, the basics of all interactions mentioned above are explained in an easily understandable way. Modern state-of-the-art technology on visualization of these interactions and on DNA techniques will be highlighted. Successful examples of progress are presented in the section “Paradigms of Plant-Microbe Interactions”. Finally, a number of innovative ongoing research projects will be presented.
Presently, plants are mainly protected from diseases and pests by using agrochemicals. However, many of these chemicals pollute the environment and can be a health threat for animals and humans. This book show that microbes can help to reduce chemical input and can also be used in combination with chemicals, or even replace agrochemicals. It is generally accepted that the use of microbes will cause a breakthrough in agriculture and horticulture, making it more sustainable in a cost-effective way. Major chemical companies are buying microbial biotech companies.
This book is aimed at everybody working in or interested in one of the many fields of plant-microbe interactions and who wants to become quickly familiar with (other) aspects of this broad field.


microbiology plant pathology plant physiology plant sciences

Editors and affiliations

  • Ben Lugtenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Molecular Microbiology and BiotechnologyLeiden University Sylvius LaboratoryLeidenThe Netherlands

About the editors

Prof. Lugtenberg is well-known expert in his field (beneficial bacteria which kill plant-pathogenic fungi or promote plant growth), appreciated for publication record and editing job, with a significant network. Used to play several important roles within the community, e.g. President of the International Society of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions.

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“The book helps in exploring the diverse microbial partners, its importance’s and mechanisms of the actions for proper understanding of the topic. … we enjoyed reading this book as the editor tried to cover almost all fundamental and applied aspects of the plant-microbe interactions. As a final word, the book can be described as a book for all.” (Rama K. Dubey, Vishal Tripathi and P. C. Abhilash, Frontiers in Plant Science, Vol. 6, 2015)