Overlooked: The role of bacterial viruses in plant health

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We know how important bacteria and fungi are for the health of plants. In marine environments and in our own gut, bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) are important in regulating the microbiome. Yet, their effect on bacteria living around the roots of plants has hardly been studied. "I cannot believe that they are not important," says Joana Falcao Salles, Professor of Microbial Community Ecology at the University of Groningen. She is the lead author of a review paper in Trends in Microbiology, which argues for more research into the role of bacteriophages in plant health.

Period16-Jun-2020

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  • TitleOverlooked: The role of bacterial viruses in plant health
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPhys.org
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date16/06/2020
    DescriptionWe know how important bacteria and fungi are for the health of plants. In marine environments and in our own gut, bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) are important in regulating the microbiome. Yet, their effect on bacteria living around the roots of plants has hardly been studied. "I cannot believe that they are not important," says Joana Falcao Salles, Professor of Microbial Community Ecology at the University of Groningen. She is the lead author of a review paper in Trends in Microbiology, which argues for more research into the role of bacteriophages in plant health.
    Producer/AuthorUniversity of Groningen press release
    URLhttps://phys.org/news/2020-06-overlooked-role-bacterial-viruses-health.html
    PersonsJoana Falcao Salles