Beneficial microbes ameliorate abiotic and biotic sources of stress on plants

Stephanie S. Porter, Roxanne Bantay, Kathleen Ibarreta, Colleen A Friel, Aaron Garoutte, Kristi Gdanetz, Bethany M. Moore, Prateek Shetty, Eleanor Siler, Maren L. Friesen Extreme conditions such as drought, heat, salinity and cold, and outbreaks of insect pests and disease are becoming more common in many areas due to global change. Plants’ ability to tolerate such environmental stresses is impacted by the plant microbiome: the bacteria … Continue reading Beneficial microbes ameliorate abiotic and biotic sources of stress on plants

The eukaryome: diversity and role of micro-eukaryotic organisms associated with animal hosts

Javier del Campo, David Bass and Patrick J.Keeling, Awareness of the role of microbes that live in humans and other animals has increased recently with the rise of the microbiome field. However, this interest has focused on bacteria and little is known about other microbes. Among those that have been ignored are the microbial eukaryotes, microscopic single cell organisms with a nucleus that are mostly … Continue reading The eukaryome: diversity and role of micro-eukaryotic organisms associated with animal hosts

Can dynamic network modeling be used to identify adaptive microbiomes?

Joshua Garcia and Jenny Kao-Kniffin The microbiome can be thought of as the community of microbes that live on or within populations and groups of species and that potentially interact to influence the traits of a eukaryotic host or ecosystem.  In recent times, interest has grown in understanding how microbiomes associated with plants and animals influence the survivability or fitness of their hosts. The profound … Continue reading Can dynamic network modeling be used to identify adaptive microbiomes?