Publications by authors named "María Victoria Berlanga-Clavero"

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More than words: the chemistry behind the interactions in the plant holobiont.

Environ Microbiol 2020 11 13;22(11):4532-4544. Epub 2020 Sep 13.

Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea "La Mayora", Universidad de Málaga-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IHSM-UMA-CSIC), Departamento de Microbiología, Universidad de Málaga, Bulevar Louis Pasteur 31 (Campus Universitario de Teatinos), Málaga, 29071, Spain.

Plants and microbes have evolved sophisticated ways to communicate and coexist. The simplest interactions that occur in plant-associated habitats, i.e., those involved in disease detection, depend on the production of microbial pathogenic and virulence factors and the host's evolved immunological response. In contrast, microbes can also be beneficial for their host plants in a number of ways, including fighting pathogens and promoting plant growth. In order to clarify the mechanisms directly involved in these various plant-microbe interactions, we must still deepen our understanding of how these interkingdom communication systems, which are constantly modulated by resident microbial activity, are established and, most importantly, how their effects can span physically separated plant compartments. Efforts in this direction have revealed a complex and interconnected network of molecules and associated metabolic pathways that modulate plant-microbe and microbe-microbe communication pathways to regulate diverse ecological responses. Once sufficiently understood, these pathways will be biotechnologically exploitable, for example, in the use of beneficial microbes in sustainable agriculture. The aim of this review is to present the latest findings on the dazzlingly diverse arsenal of molecules that efficiently mediate specific microbe-microbe and microbe-plant communication pathways during plant development and on different plant organs.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.15197DOI Listing
November 2020

The extracellular matrix protects Bacillus subtilis colonies from Pseudomonas invasion and modulates plant co-colonization.

Nat Commun 2019 04 23;10(1):1919. Epub 2019 Apr 23.

Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea "La Mayora", Universidad de Málaga-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IHSM-UMA-CSIC), Departamento de Microbiología, Universidad de Málaga, Bulevar Louis Pasteur 31 (Campus Universitario de Teatinos), 29071, Málaga, Spain.

Bacteria of the genera Pseudomonas and Bacillus can promote plant growth and protect plants from pathogens. However, the interactions between these plant-beneficial bacteria are understudied. Here, we explore the interaction between Bacillus subtilis 3610 and Pseudomonas chlororaphis PCL1606. We show that the extracellular matrix protects B. subtilis colonies from infiltration by P. chlororaphis. The absence of extracellular matrix results in increased fluidity and loss of structure of the B. subtilis colony. The P. chlororaphis type VI secretion system (T6SS) is activated upon contact with B. subtilis cells, and stimulates B. subtilis sporulation. Furthermore, we find that B. subtilis sporulation observed prior to direct contact with P. chlororaphis is mediated by histidine kinases KinA and KinB. Finally, we demonstrate the importance of the extracellular matrix and the T6SS in modulating the coexistence of the two species on melon plant leaves and seeds.
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6478825PMC
April 2019
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