Plants develop symbiotic associations with microorganisms that normally improve plant nutrition and fitness, and survival under different environmental stresses, both biotic and abiotic stress. In the recent years, the development of new technologies has revealed unprecedented details on the structure and dynamics of plant microbiomes, the functional properties of isolated community members, and interaction mechanisms with the host plant. A better understanding of these relationships may help to improve productivity and crop security, while allowing a reduction on the use of fertilizers and pesticides. This thematic series is being launched to compile the latest research advances on the beneficial plant-microbe interactions in rice.
Editors: Dr Concha Domingo and Dr Blanca San Segundo