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The colonization of land by plants appears to have coincided with the appearance of mycorrhiza-like fungi. Over evolutionary time, fungi have maintained their prominent role in the formation of mycorrhizal associations. In addition, however, they have been able to occupy other terrestrial niches of which the decomposition of recalcitrant organic matter is(More)
Invasive exotic plant species effects on soil biota and processes in their new range can promote or counteract invasions via changed plant–soil feedback interactions to themselves or to native plant species. Recent meta-analyses reveale that soil influenced by native and exotic plant species is affecting growth and performance of natives more strongly than(More)
Ectomycorrhizal fungi are surrounded by bacterial communities with which they interact physically and metabolically during their life cycle. These bacteria can have positive or negative effects on the formation and the functioning of ectomycorrhizae. However, relatively little is known about the mechanisms by which ectomycorrhizal fungi and associated(More)
Treatments of tubers with chemical disinfectants (70 % ethanol, 1 % sodium hypochlorite, 2 % copper sulphate, 5 % peracetic acid, 10 % hydrogen peroxide, 1 % MennoClean (benzoic acid), 5 % trisodium phosphate and 0.2 % caffeine) were evaluated for control of blackleg caused by ‘D. solani’. All disinfectants effectively killed bacteria in axenic cultures(More)
R. solani (fig. S7). Random transposon mutagen-esis generated two mutants of strain SH-C52 with no in vitro activity against R. solani. The single transposon insertions were mapped to a nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) gene with 69% sequence identity to syrE, the gene of the syringomycin-syringopeptin (syr-syp) bio-synthetic pathway in Pseudomonas(More)
12 The contribution of low-abundance microbial species to soil ecosystems is easily overlooked 13 because there is considerable overlap between metabolic abilities (functional redundancy) of 14 dominant and subordinate microbial species. Here we studied how loss of less abundant soil 15 bacteria affected the production of antifungal volatiles, an important(More)
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