98. Soil Warming Effects on Beneficial Plant–Microbe Interactions

  1. Frans J. de Bruijn
  1. Stéphane Compant1,
  2. Marcel van der Heijden2,3 and
  3. Angela Sessitsch4

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118297674.ch98

Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere: Volume 1 & 2

Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere: Volume 1 & 2

How to Cite

Compant, S., van der Heijden, M. and Sessitsch, A. (2013) Soil Warming Effects on Beneficial Plant–Microbe Interactions, in Molecular Microbial Ecology of the Rhizosphere: Volume 1 & 2 (ed F. J. de Bruijn), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118297674.ch98

Editor Information

  1. INRA-CNRS Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes (LIPM), UMR441-2594 BP52627, F-31320 Castanet-Tolosan, France

Author Information

  1. 1

    Dépt Bioprocédés et Systèmes Microbiens, ENSAT-INP de Toulouse, Université de Toulouse, LGC UMR 5503 (CNRS/INPT/UPS), 1 Avenue de l'Agrobiopôle, B.P. 32607, F-31326 Castanet-Tolosan Cedex 1, France

  2. 2

    Agroscope Reckenhdz-Tänikon Research Station ART, Switzerland

  3. 3

    Plant–Microbe Interactions, Institute of Environmental Biology, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

  4. 4

    Bioresources Unit, Department of Health and Environment, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, A-3430 Tulln, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 MAY 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118296172

Online ISBN: 9781118297674



  • endophytes;
  • mycorrhizal fungi;
  • plant growth-promoting bacteria;
  • rhizosphere bacteria;
  • soil warming


Soil warming is predicted to take place over the next centuries and drought might be a severe constraint. Soil microorganisms including beneficial plant–microbe interactions might be affected, potentially leading to impacts on host plants. On the other hand, beneficial plant microorganisms including arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, ectomycorrhizal fungi, endophytic fungi, as well as plant growth-promoting bacteria might play an important role under drought conditions, potentially reducing plant stress. The potential impact of soil warming on the performance of natural plant growth-promoting microorganisms colonizing the rhizosphere and establishing subpopulations inside plants is reviewed and discussed in this chapter. In addition, a discussion is provided on whether beneficial microbial inoculants could play role in plant adaptation to soil warming.