Root Biology pp 487-500 | Cite as

From Mycorrhizosphere to Rhizosphere Microbiome: The Paradigm Shift

  • Manju M. Gupta
  • Ashima Aggarwal
  • Asha
Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 52)


Mycorrhizosphere or the niche of mycorrhizal roots, is made of diverse microorganisms and represents a complex phenomenon in terms of microbe–root–environment interactions. The microbiome refers to coolective genome of all asociated microrganisms in the region. Synthetic microbial consortia, i.e., co-cultures of microbial species with specific functions such as biofertilizers or biocontrol agents that are developed to accomplish specific targets of crop productivity in agroecosystems, are mainly based on management of these microbial interactions. In order to develop a viable system for increasing soil fertility and crop production through application of these bioinoculants, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the diversity, interactions, and functioning of microbiome associated with roots. The present chapter introduces paradigm shift from usage of term mycorrhizosphere to microbiome of mycorrhizal roots, along with certain important concepts like core and minimal communities, rhizosphere engineering, etc. The content is divided into different sections, which deal with diversity, interaction, and management of mycorrhizal microbiome for better plant health and crop productivity.


Arbuscular mycorrhiza Rhizosphere engineering Rhizomicrobiome Plant health 



MMG and AA are grateful to the University Grants Commission for funding the UGC-Major Project MRP-MAJOR-BOTA-2013-21235.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manju M. Gupta
    • 1
  • Ashima Aggarwal
    • 1
  • Asha
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Botany, Sri Aurobindo CollegeUniversity of DelhiDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Energy and EnvironmentTERI UniversityDelhiIndia

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