Microbes and invasive plants

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Microbes and invasive plants

Introduction * Key Microorganisms * Interaction Mechanisms * Current Research


Interaction between microbes and invasive plants indicates two aspect: 1)invasive plants influence microbial community composition and its ecological functions as consequences of plant invasion; 2)changed or original microbial community influences the process of invasive plants as drivers of invasion process. Three key interactions are involved: plant-pathogen, plant-symbiont and plant-decomposer interaction.

Key Microorganisms

Key Microorganisms involved in the interaction of invasive plants and microbes include three main categories: parasites or pathogens, mutualists or symbionts, and saprotrophs or decomposers.

Parasites or Pathogens and Invasive Plants

Evidence of plant species-specific pathogens have been found in rhizosphere of plants[1], which

Mutualists or Symbionts Invasive Plants

Saprotrophs or Decomposers and Invasive Plants

Viral Biorealm: encyclopedia of viruses of animals and plants, and bacteriophages. See also Taxonomy Index.
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