Prospect of Phyllosphere Microbiota: A Case Study on Bioenergy Crop Jatropha curcas
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Phyllosphere is the most abundant environment that supports microbial life. This ecosystem is a stress environment characterized by fluctuation in moisture, nutrients, radiation and plant’s own immune system. However, plants support microbial community on the phyllosphere as a strategy for its survival and growth. This chapter addresses general characterization of phyllospheric environment, microbial association process, microbial population structure, quorum sensing and cross talk between plant and microbes. This chapter provides information on the microbial diversity of the phyllosphere of bioenergy crop Jatropha curcas. Major bacterial groups prevalent on the J. curcas phyllosphere and plant growth-promoting activities are addressed.
KeywordsPhyllosphere Microorganisms Plant growth promotion Bioenergy Jatropha curcas
This work is part of the project entitled “Metagenomic characterization and spatiotemporal changes in the prevalence of microbes involved in nutrient cycling in the rhizoplane of bioenergy crop Jatropha curcas.” The authors acknowledge the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, for financial support to SRM. The authors declare no conflict of interest of any type.
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