Root Biology pp 323-339 | Cite as

Root–Microbe Interactions: Understanding and Exploitation of Microbiome

  • Amita Sharma
  • Rajnish Kumar Verma
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 52)


The research related to belowground ecology is a fascinating field and gaining immense attention currently. A multitude of interactions operating in the rhizosphere has been revealed by recent boom in the studies exploring the underlying mechanism of the communications between plant and microbial communities. These interactions are mediated by root exudates released by plant roots controlling numerous ecological processes. The ecological functions based on root-microbe interactions include nutrient cycling, decomposition, and maintenance of soil structure, disease suppression, bioremediation, biomass production, soil carbon sequestration and regulation of microbial communities. A greater understanding of these root-microbe interactions is strongly required to exploit the soil microbiota for plant development from applied perspective.


Rhizosphere Root–microbe interactions Rhizodeposition PGPR Mycorrhizal fungi 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amita Sharma
    • 1
  • Rajnish Kumar Verma
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AgricultureShaheed Udham Singh College of Research and TechnologyTangoriIndia
  2. 2.Department of BotanyDolphin PG College of Science and AgricultureChunni KalanIndia

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