The Gram-positive side of plant–microbe interactions
Article first published online: 14 JUL 2009
© 2009 Society for Applied Microbiology and Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 1–12, January 2010
How to Cite
Francis, I., Holsters, M. and Vereecke, D. (2010), The Gram-positive side of plant–microbe interactions. Environmental Microbiology, 12: 1–12. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2009.01989.x
- Issue published online: 29 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 14 JUL 2009
- Received 16 February, 2009; accepted 2 June, 2009.
Plant growth and development are significantly influenced by the presence and activity of microorganisms. To date, the best-studied plant-interacting microbes are Gram-negative bacteria, but many representatives of both the high and low G+C Gram-positives have excellent biocontrol, plant growth-promoting and bioremediation activities. Moreover, actinorhizal symbioses largely contribute to the global biological nitrogen fixation and many Gram-positive bacteria promote other types of symbioses in tripartite interactions. Finally, several prominent and devastating phytopathogens are Gram-positive. We summarize the present knowledge of the beneficial and detrimental interactions of Gram-positive bacteria with plants to underline the importance of this particular group of bacteria.