Metagenomics as a Tool to Explore New Insights from Plant-Microbe Interface

  • Prachi Bhargava
  • Mahejibin Khan
  • Ankit Verma
  • Anushka Singh
  • Sukriti Singh
  • Siddharth Vats
  • Reeta Goel


Microbial communities colonizing in and around the plants are essential for their survival and act as key determinants for plant’s holistic health to make the dynamic plant microbiome. The microbiome comprises of trillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms interacting with each other as well as with the plants. Metagenomics is a powerful tool that enables rapid analysis of microbial heterogenicity, thus helping us to understand the association of microorganisms within their environment and the overall functioning of microbiome. Herein, an overview of culture-independent methods to explore the unculturable/yet to culture microbial diversity of plant microbiome is addressed. This chapter focuses on the different constituents of plant-microbe interface and the metagenomic studies related to them.


Sustainable agriculture Bacterial diversity Phyllosphere Endosphere Rhizosphere Metagenomics 



PB thanks DST-SERB: SB/YS/LS-213/2013 for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Prachi Bhargava
    • 1
  • Mahejibin Khan
    • 2
  • Ankit Verma
    • 1
  • Anushka Singh
    • 1
  • Sukriti Singh
    • 1
  • Siddharth Vats
    • 1
  • Reeta Goel
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Biosciences and TechnologyShri Ramswaroop Memorial UniversityBarabankiIndia
  2. 2.Central Food and Technological Research InstituteLucknowIndia
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology, College of Basic Sciences and HumanitiesGBPUA&TPantnagarIndia

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