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Call for papers - Plant-microbe interactions

Guest Editors:
Davide Bulgarelli, PhD, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK
Sophie de Vries, PhD, Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Göttingen, Germany

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 1 April 2025

Genome Biology is is calling for submissions to our Collection on the latest advancements in plant-microbe research.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Davide Bulgarelli, PhD, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK

Dr Bulgarelli obtained a PhD in Crop Sciences at the University of Milan before leaving his native Italy for Germany, to take a post-doctoral position at the Max Planck Institute of Cologne. This experience represented his first exposure to the plant microbiota, and it was “love at first sight.” In 2013, Dr Bulgarelli established his own research group at the University of Dundee (UK), where he is currently a Reader. The overarching ambition of his team is contributing to sustainable development by dissecting the genetic basis of plant-microbiota interactions and expediting translational applications.

Sophie de Vries, PhD, Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Göttingen, Germany

Dr de Vries has a junior group on Evolution of Cyanobacterial-Plant Symbioses at the Department of Applied Bioinformatics in the Institute for Microbiology and Genetics at the University of Göttingen, Germany. She received her PhD from the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and did her first postdoc at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Centre for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics (CGEB) at Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada. Dr de Vries studies the evolution of plant-microbe interactions from the perspectives of both the plants and their pathogens. Her focus is the evolution of plant-microbe interactions and how plants have evolved the capacity to integrate symbiotic and pathogenic interactions.

About the Collection

Genome Biology is calling for submissions to our Collection on the interplay between plants and microbes. 

These interactions hold great potential for sustainable agriculture and ecosystem management. The soil, as a complex microbial habitat, plays a central role in shaping the interactions between plants and microbes. Unraveling the dynamics of these interactions, including the influence of the microbiome and the application of advanced genetic tools, holds great promise for enhancing crop productivity, soil health, and overall ecosystem resilience. 

This collection aims to showcase the latest advancements in plant-microbe research, providing a platform for researchers to contribute to our understanding of these dynamic relationships.

Suitable topics for submission include:

  • Molecular mechanisms underlying plant-microbe interactions
  • Impact of the soil and rhizosphere microbiome composition on plant health and growth
  • Functional roles of microbes in nutrient cycling and soil fertility
  • Gene editing approaches for studying and manipulating plant-microbe interactions
  • Microbial-driven plant defenses and resistance mechanisms
  • Co-evolutionary dynamics between plants and microbes
  • Influence of environmental factors on plant-microbe interactions
  • Application of microbiome research in sustainable agriculture practices
  • Microbial community diversity and its implications for plant resilience

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research, Method, Short Report, Review, and Database article types. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines.

To submit your manuscript to this Collection, please use our online submission system and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the article to be considered for inclusion in the "Plant-microbe interactions" Collection.

All articles submitted to Collections are peer reviewed in line with the journal’s standard peer review policy and are subject to all of the journal’s standard editorial and publishing policies. This includes the journal’s policy on competing interests. 

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editor or Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.