Taxonomic and functional diversity of cultured seed associated microbes of the cucurbit family

  title={Taxonomic and functional diversity of cultured seed associated microbes of the cucurbit family},
  author={Eman M. Khalaf and Manish N. Raizada},
  booktitle={BMC Microbiology},
Endophytes are microbes that colonize plant internal tissues without causing disease. In particular, seed-associated endophytes may be vectors for founder microbes that establish the plant microbiome, which may subsequently contribute beneficial functions to their host plants including nutrient acquisition and promotion of plant growth. The Cucurbitaceae family of gourds (e.g., cucumbers, melons, pumpkin, squash), including its fruits and seeds, is widely consumed by humans. However, there is… CONTINUE READING
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