The interactions of bacteria with fungi in soil: Emerging concepts

Irshad Haq, Miaozhi Zhang, Pu Yang, Jan Dirk van Elsas*

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Abstract

In this chapter, we review the existing literature on bacterial fungal interactions in soil, exploring the role fungi may play for soil bacteria as providers of hospitable niches. A focus is placed on the mycosphere, i.e., the narrow zone of influence of fungal hyphae on the external soil milieu, in which hypha-associated bacterial cells dwell. Evidence is brought forward for the contention that the hyphae of both mycorrhizal and saprotrophic fungi serve as providers of ecological opportunities in a grossly carbon-limited soil, as a result of their release of carbonaceous compounds next to the provision of a colonizable surface. Soil bacteria of particular nature are postulated to have adapted to such selection pressures, evolving to the extent that they acquired capabilities that allow them to thrive in the novel habitat created by the emerging fungal hyphae. The mechanisms involved in the interactions and the modes of genetic adaptation of the mycosphere dwellers are discussed, with an emphasis on one key mycosphere-adapted bacterium, Burkholderia terrae BS001. In this discussion, we interrogate the positive interactions between soil fungi and bacteria, and refrain from considering negative interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Applied Microbiology
EditorsGM Gadd, S Sariaslani
Place of PublicationSan Diego
PublisherAcademic Press
Pages185-215
Number of pages31
Volume89
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-800259-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Applied Microbiology
PublisherELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC
Volume89
ISSN (Print)0065-2164

Keywords

  • III SECRETION SYSTEM
  • ARBUSCULAR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI
  • HORIZONTAL GENE-TRANSFER
  • MUSHROOM CANTHARELLUS-CIBARIUS
  • LACCARIA-BICOLOR S238N
  • SP STRAIN KARSTEN
  • PSEUDOMONAS-AERUGINOSA
  • BIOFILM FORMATION
  • IV PILI
  • ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANCE

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