Multitrophic microbial interactions for eco- and agro-biotechnological processes: Theory and practice

Muhammad Saleem, Luke A. Moe

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Multitrophic level microbial loop interactions mediated by protist predators, bacteria, and viruses drive eco- and agro-biotechnological processes such as bioremediation, wastewater treatment, plant growth promotion, and ecosystem functioning. To what extent these microbial interactions are context-dependent in performing biotechnological and ecosystem processes remains largely unstudied. Theory-driven research may advance the understanding of eco-evolutionary processes underlying the patterns and functioning of microbial interactions for successful development of microbe-based biotechnologies for real world applications. This could also be a great avenue to test the validity or limitations of ecology theory for managing diverse microbial resources in an era of altering microbial niches, multitrophic interactions, and microbial diversity loss caused by climate and land use changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-537
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

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  • Agroecology
  • Bioremediation
  • Climate and land use changes
  • Ecology theory
  • Ecosystem biotechnology
  • Microbial diversity loss
  • Multitrophic microbial loop interactions
  • Plant growth promotion
  • Sustainable agriculture and ecosystem services
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering


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