Deploying root microbiome of halophytes to improve salinity tolerance of crops

Turgut Yigit Akyol, Shusei Sato, Ismail Turkan

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Abstract

Salinization of the soils is one of the most prominent problems threatening global food security. Root microbiome engineering using biofertilizers provides a sustainable way to increase agricultural productivity. Halophytes, which are extremely salt-tolerant plants, can tolerate up to 1300 mM NaCl. Members of the halophytic root microbiome now provide a promising solution to meet the increased demand in the agricultural output. Here, we explore the members of this microbiome and explain the plant growth-promoting functions of them. We discuss the manipulation of the root microbiome with synthetic microbial communities including keystone microorganisms of the halophytic root microbiome. Importantly, we provide a simple method in R software to find these putative keystone taxa using network analysis. We believe this strategy will provide a valuable tool for future studies performing the combined investigation of the root bacteria and fungi of halophytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-150
Number of pages8
JournalPlant Biotechnology Reports
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Apr 1

Keywords

  • Halophytes
  • Microbiome manipulation
  • Network analysis
  • Root microbiome
  • Salinity stress
  • Sustainable agriculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Science

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