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Trends in Plant Science
Vol. 15, No: 9, 2010, Pages: 507 - 14

Helping plants to deal with insects: the role of beneficial soil-borne microbes

Pineda A, Zheng SJ, van Loon JJ, Pieterse CM, Dicke M

Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, PO Box 8031, 6700 EH Wageningen, The Netherlands.


Several soil-borne microbes such as mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria can help plants to deal with biotic and abiotic stresses via plant growth promotion and induced resistance. Such beneficial belowground microbes interact in a bidirectional way via the plant with aboveground insects such as herbivores, their natural enemies and pollinators. The role of these interactions in natural and agricultural ecosystems is receiving increased attention, and the molecular and physiological mechanisms involved in these interactions should be the focus of more attention. Here, we review the recent discoveries on plant-mediated interactions between beneficial belowground microbes and aboveground insects.

Keywords:Several soil-borne microbes such as mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria,promotion and induced resistance.


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