Seed-vectored microbes: Their roles in improving seedling fitness and competitor plant suppression

James Francis White, Kathryn L. Kingsley, Susan Butterworth, Lara Brindisi, Judy W. Gatei, Matthew Elmore, Satish Kumar Verma, Xiang Yao, Kurt P. Kowalski

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This chapter discusses the roles of seed-vectored microbes in modulating seedling development and increasing fitness of plants in terms of increased biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. Particular emphasis is placed on microbes that function in the rhizophagy cycle. These microbes have been shown to enter into root cells and stimulate root growth. In some cases microbe entry into root cells results in root growth repression. The term 'endobiome interference' has been applied to the phenomenon of plant growth repression due to intracellular microbes. The potential application of endobiome interference to produce bioherbicides that selectively enhance growth of target crops but inhibit competitor weeds is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSeed Endophytes
Subtitle of host publicationBiology and Biotechnology
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030105044
ISBN (Print)9783030105037
StatePublished - Apr 5 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


  • Bioherbicide
  • Endobiome interference
  • Endophyte
  • Growth promotion
  • Rhizophagy cycle

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