Biotechnological potential of aquatic plant-microbe interactions

Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2010 Jun;21(3):339-45. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 May 20.


The rhizosphere in terrestrial systems is the region of soil surrounding plant roots where there is increased microbial activity; in aquatic plants, this definition may be less clear because of diffusion of nutrients in water, but there is still a zone of influence by plant roots in this environment [1]. Within that zone chemical conditions differ from those of the surrounding environment as a consequence of a range of processes that were induced either directly by the activity of plant roots or by the activity of rhizosphere microflora. Recently, there are a number of new studies related to rhizospheres of aquatic plants and specifically their increased potential for remediation of contaminants, especially remediation of metals through aquatic plant-microbial interaction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Biotechnology / methods*
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Plant Roots / microbiology
  • Plants / microbiology*