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Marco Bosco

Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Academic discipline: AGR/16 Agricultural Microbiology


Keywords: Plant-Probiotic Microorganisms Sustainable Plant Breeding Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Rhizosphere Microbiomes Plant holobiont

Role of plant-probiotic microorganisms (PPM) in the productivity and resilience of cropped plant holobionts

Sustainable productivity needs plants resistent to natural adversities and efficient in nutrients assimilation. Both these skills are partially dependent on how plant holobiont has evolved, interacting with soil microbiomes. Unfortunately, many modern cultivars showed a reduced capacity to sustain positive interactions with rhizospheric probiotic microbiomes (RPM), if compared with cultivars developed before 1950. This renders less sustainable their agricultural exploitation. Such a drawback will be fixed by ongoing breeding processes which take into account plant’s holobiontic nature. Actually, crop productive phenotypes greatly depend from the genomes of their inseparable microbial partners.

Rhizospheric competences

Search for microbiomic markers for QTLs in Zea mais L., to be used for assisted plant breeding, or for the detection of plant genes linked to etherosis.