Rhizosphere Microbiome Assembly and Its Impact on Plant Growth

J Agric Food Chem. 2020 May 6;68(18):5024-5038. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.0c00073. Epub 2020 Apr 17.


Microorganisms colonizing the plant rhizosphere provide a number of beneficial functions for their host. Although an increasing number of investigations clarified the great functional capabilities of rhizosphere microbial communities, the understanding of the precise mechanisms underlying the impact of rhizosphere microbiome assemblies is still limited. Also, not much is known about the various beneficial functions of the rhizosphere microbiome. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge of biotic and abiotic factors that shape the rhizosphere microbiome as well as the rhizosphere microbiome traits that are beneficial to plants growth and disease-resistance. We give particular emphasis on the impact of plant root metabolites on rhizosphere microbiome assemblies and on how the microbiome contributes to plant growth, yield, and disease-resistance. Finally, we introduce a new perspective and a novel method showing how a synthetic microbial community construction provides an effective approach to unravel the plant-microbes and microbes-microbes interplays.

Keywords: disease-resistance; growth-promotion; plant; rhizosphere microbiome; synthetic microbial community.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Microbiota*
  • Plant Development*
  • Plant Roots / growth & development
  • Plant Roots / microbiology
  • Plants / microbiology
  • Rhizosphere
  • Soil Microbiology*