"I've got the magic in me": The microbiome of conventional vs organic production systems

Andrea Sanchez-Barrios, Mohammad Radhi Sahib, Seth DeBolt

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4 Scopus citations


The term microbiome refers to the existence of multiple microbial genomes present in an environment in an association with a host. With the development of more precise sequencing approaches, identification of genus and families that were uncultivable microbes has been made possible. The current chapter explores the importance of understanding microbial communities and their association with agricultural production systems with particular attention to endophytic microorganisms. Agri-management practices and their relationship to the selection of microbial variation of taxa by plants and soil have been discussed in detail. The article also discusses how farming practices such as cover cropping and mulching mediate microbial community dynamics. Future perspectives on advancing sustainability by microbiome optimization are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFundamental Mechanisms, Methods and Functions
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789811058134
StatePublished - Oct 25 2017

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© 2017, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.


  • Endophyte
  • Expansion
  • Microbiome
  • Organic
  • Plant growth
  • Soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)
  • Engineering (all)
  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology (all)


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