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Microbial Ecology

Microbial Ecology

Editor: Karen E. Nelson

ISSN: 0095-3628 (print version)
ISSN: 1432-184X (electronic version)

Journal no. 248

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Microbial Ecology, February 2011

Root Hairs Play a Key Role in the Endophytic Colonization of Olive Roots by Pseudomonas spp. with Biocontrol Activity
Pilar Prieto, Elisabetta Schilirò, María Mercedes Maldonado-González, Raquel Valderrama, and Juan Bautista Barroso-Albarracín, et al.


This interesting study describes the early steps of olive root colonisation by pseudomonas spp. Roots of olive seedlings were bacterized with two endophytic Pseudomonas strains, separately or together. Some of the bacteria entered the roots. They were found in root hairs, but only a very low number of root hairs were colonized. The way bacteria enter roots has never been answered conclusively. From this paper, the aspects relevant for application are i) that some of the applied bacteria enter the root and may be better protected against competition by non-biocontrol bacteria in the endophytic stage rather than in the rhizospheric stage, and ii) the fact that root hair numbers are affected by many environmental factors. Worth noting is that only a small portion of the root hairs are colonized -- can it be an artefact? Alternatively, these endophytic bacteria may only be able to enter a small fraction of the root hairs because, for example, they have specific properties, such as small damages.
Biological control is much more favoured than chemical control because it is environmentally friendly. There was no competition between the strains in colonization of the internal part of the root hairs. Root colonization in woody plants has hardly been studied.
- Ben Lugtenberg

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    Over recent years, the journal Microbial Ecology has been revamped to provide an international forum for the presentation of high-quality scientific investigations into microbial ecology, and how microorganisms interact with their biotic and abiotic environments, with each other as well as with their neighbors and hosts. The journal presents high quality peer reviewed manuscripts in multiple formats inclusive of full-length manuscripts, commentaries and notes. Brief reviews and topical position papers are also encouraged. The journal has a rapid average turn around rate of 6 weeks.


    Microbial Ecology accepts shorter contributions in the forms of NOTES. A Note should be continuous text with a length of no more than 1200 words. There should be no more than three figures or tables with brief legends. Methods should be included as well as references.

    Journal coverage includes the ecology of microorganisms in natural and engineered environments; genomic, metagenomic and molecular advances in understanding of microbial interactions and phylogeny; microbial drivers of biogeochemical processes; inter- and intraspecific microbial communication; ecological studies of animal, plant and insect microbiology and disease; microbial processes and interactions in extreme or unusual environments; microbial population and community ecology, and more. Technological advances that allow us to increase our understanding of microbial diversity and interactions are also welcome.

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    1. Pathogens in the environment

    2. Key players in the carbon cycle and aquatic ecosystems

    3. Phage plasmids and mobile elements in ecology

    4. Biofilms

    5. Soil-microbe interactions

    6. Technology developments to study microbial ecology

    7. Host microbe interactions

    8. Aquatic Microbiology

    9. Genes and Genomes

    10. Microbial Evolution

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