Journal article

Plant developmental stage drives the differentiation in ecological role of the maize microbiome

Chao Xiong, Brajesh K Singh, Ji-Zheng He, Yan-Lai Han, Pei-Pei Li, Li-Hua Wan, Guo-Zhong Meng, Si-Yi Liu, Jun-Tao Wang, Chuan-Fa Wu, An-Hui Ge, Li-Mei Zhang

MICROBIOME | BMC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Plants live with diverse microbial communities which profoundly affect multiple facets of host performance, but if and how host development impacts the assembly, functions and microbial interactions of crop microbiomes are poorly understood. Here we examined both bacterial and fungal communities across soils, epiphytic and endophytic niches of leaf and root, and plastic leaf of fake plant (representing environment-originating microbes) at three developmental stages of maize at two contrasting sites, and further explored the potential function of phylloplane microbiomes based on metagenomics. RESULTS: Our results suggested that plant developmental stage had a much stronger influen..

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Grants

Awarded by National Key RD Program


Awarded by Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of Chinese Academy of Sciences


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was financially supported by the National Key R&D Program (2017YFD0200600) and the Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB15020200). Research on plant and soil microbiomes in BKS lab is supported by the Australian Research Council (DP170103628; DP190103714). Li-Mei Zhang was supported by the Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Y201615).