Biochemical Aspects of Plant-Microbe and Microbe-Microbe Interactions in Soil

  • Yigal Elad
  • Iraj J. Misaghi
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 19)


Beneficial and deleterious microorganisms constantly interact with each other as well as with plant roots in the rhizosphere. It is important to elucidate the nature of microbe-microbe and plant-microbe interactions because plant health often depends on the outcome of such interactions. Plants suffer when their roots are attacked by disease-inducing microbes; they thrive when certain growth promoting microorganisms manage to colonize their roots. Moreover, it is becoming evident that the soil and the rhizosphere flora can be manipulated in ways that favor certain microorganisms which are capable of reducing the activity of potential plant pathogens. This approach to disease control, which is known as biological control, is being actively investigated in many laboratories.


Biological Control Plant Pathogen Fusarium Wilt Fluorescent Pseudomonad Plant Pathogenic Fungus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yigal Elad
    • 1
  • Iraj J. Misaghi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology Faculty of AgricultureThe Hebrew University of JerusalemRehovotIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Plant PathologyUniversity of ArizonaArizonaUSA

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