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Record number 559226
Title Protists: Puppet Masters of the Rhizosphere Microbiome
Author(s) Gao, Zhilei; Karlsson, Ida; Geisen, Stefan; Kowalchuk, George; Jousset, Alexandre
Source Trends in Plant Science 24 (2019)2. - ISSN 1360-1385 - p. 165 - 176.
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) amoeba - plant–microbe interactions - predation - Protists - rhizosphere microbiome

The rhizosphere microbiome is a central determinant of plant performance. Microbiome assembly has traditionally been investigated from a bottom-up perspective, assessing how resources such as root exudates drive microbiome assembly. However, the importance of predation as a driver of microbiome structure has to date largely remained overlooked. Here we review the importance of protists, a paraphyletic group of unicellular eukaryotes, as a key regulator of microbiome assembly. Protists can promote plant-beneficial functions within the microbiome, accelerate nutrient cycling, and remove pathogens. We conclude that protists form an essential component of the rhizosphere microbiome and that accounting for predator–prey interactions would greatly improve our ability to predict and manage microbiome function at the service of plant growth and health.

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