Recent contributions of metagenomics to studies on quorum-sensing and plant-pathogen interactions
Denis Faure, Mélanie Tannières, Samuel Mondy and Yves Dessaux
from: Metagenomics: Current Innovations and Future Trends (Edited by: Diana Marco). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2011)
Though metagenomics is a novel tool in the field of plant-microbe interaction, the technique has already led to remarkable advances. Among these, the identification of yet-uncultivable phytopathogens or the description of the plant and rhizosphere microflora, are two features that may lead to a better description of the quality of agricultural lands, for instance in the case of disease suppressive soils. At a more molecular level, the identification of novel density-dependent regulatory functions (quorum sensing) and antagonizing elements (quorum quenching) that may be used to develop sustainable, biological control strategies directed at plant pathogen, are examples of valuable outcomes of metagenomics in the plant-microbe interaction field read more ...