Microbial Ecology of Leaves

Overview

The leaf surface or phyllosphere is a major habitat for microorganisms. Microbes on or within leaves play important roles in plant ecology, and these microbes can be manipulated to enhance plant growth or reduce plant disease. This book presents a number of critical reviews by internationally recognized experts on the microbial ecology of leaves. Topics include methods of assessment of microbial populations on leaf surfaces, leaves as reservoirs of ice nucleation phenomenon, and leaves as microbial habitats in ...

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Overview

The leaf surface or phyllosphere is a major habitat for microorganisms. Microbes on or within leaves play important roles in plant ecology, and these microbes can be manipulated to enhance plant growth or reduce plant disease. This book presents a number of critical reviews by internationally recognized experts on the microbial ecology of leaves. Topics include methods of assessment of microbial populations on leaf surfaces, leaves as reservoirs of ice nucleation phenomenon, and leaves as microbial habitats in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. The book will be of interest to students and scientists in numerous disciplines, including botany, aerobiology, meteorology, ecology, agriculture, and microbiology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461278221
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Brock Springer Series in Contemporary Bioscience
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 499
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 1 The Phyllosphere as an Ecologically Neglected Milieu: A Plant Pathologist's Point of View.- 2 The Habitat.- 2 The Leaf from the Inside and the Outside: A Microbe’s erspective.- 3 Aerobiology: The Atmosphere as a Source and Sink for Microbes.- 4 Submerged Leaf Surfaces as a Microbial Habitat.- 5 Influence of Leaf Surface Features on Spore Deposition and the Epiphytic Growth of Phytopathogenic Fungi.- 6 Analysis of Spatial Patterns in the Phyllosphere.- 3 Microbial Community Components.- 7 Methods for Detection, Identification, and Enumeration of Microbes.- 8 The Yeast Community of Cacti.- 9 Fungal Endophytes of Tree Leaves.- 10 Fungal Endophytes of Grasses: Detrimental and Beneficial Associations.- 11 Crop Plants as a Source of Fungus Spores of Medical Importance.- 12 Association Between the Human Pathogen Sporothrix schenckii and Sphagnum Moss.- 4 Microbial Community Processes and Evolution.- 13 Fungal Community Dynamics.- 14 Bacterial Community Dynamics.- 15 Determinants of Epiphytic Fitness in Bacteria.- 16 Evolutionary Perspective on the Ice Nucleation Gene-Encoded Membrane Protein.- 17 Endophytes as Antagonists of Plant Pests.- 18 Beyond Pest Deterrence—Alternative Strategies and Hidden Costs of Endophytic Mutualisms in Vascular Plants.- 5 Modification of the Phyllosphere (Deliberate or Otherwise).- 19 Effects of Atmospheric Pollutants on Phyllosphere Microbial Communities.- 20 Genetically Engineered Endophytes as Biocontrol Agents: A Case Study from Industry.- 21 Interactions among Fungicides, Pathogens, Yeasts, and Nutrients in the Phyllosphere.- 22 Biocontrol of Foliar Fungal Diseases with Compost Extracts.- 23 Manipulation of Microbial Communities in the Phyllosphere.- 6 Conclusion.- 24 Future Research Directions in Phyllosphere Ecology.

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