The Populus holobiont: dissecting the effects of plant niches and genotype on the microbiome
Melissa M. Cregger, Allison M. Veach, Zamin K. Yang, Miranda J. Crouch, Rytas Vilgalys, Gerald A. Tuskan, and Christopher W. Schadt
12 February 2018, Microbiome 6:31; doi: 10.1186/s40168-018-0413-8
Microorganisms serve important functions within numerous eukaryotic host organisms. An understanding of the variation in the plant niche-level microbiome, from rhizosphere soils to plant canopies, is imperative to gain a better understanding of how both the structural and functional processes of microbiomes impact the health of the overall plant holobiome. Using Populus trees as a model ecosystem, we characterized the archaeal/bacterial and fungal microbiome across 30 different tissue-level niches within replicated Populus deltoides and hybrid Populus trichocarpa × deltoides individuals using 16S and ITS2 rRNA gene analyses.
Cregger, M. A., A. M. Veach, Z. K. Yang, M. J. Crouch, R. Vilgalys, G. A. Tuskan and C. W. Schadt (2018). “The Populus holobiont: dissecting the effects of plant niches and genotype on the microbiome.” Microbiome 6(1): 31 (2018) doi:10.1186/s40168-018-0413-8