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The core bacterial microbiome of banana (Musa spp.)

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Birt, H. W. G., Pattison, A. B., Skarshewski, A., Daniells, J. W., Raghavendra, A. and Dennis, P. G. (2022) The core bacterial microbiome of banana (Musa spp.). Environmental Microbiome, 17 (1). p. 46. ISSN 2524-6372


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40793-022-00442-0


Bananas (Musa spp.) are a globally significant crop and are severely afflicted by diseases for which there are no effective chemical controls. Banana microbiomes may provide novel solutions to these constraints but are difficult to manage due to their high diversity and variability between locations. Hence ‘common core’ taxa, which are a subset of the microbiome that frequent all, or most, individuals of a host species, represent logical targets for the development of microbiome management approaches. Here, we first performed a pot experiment to characterise the effects of two factors that are likely to differ between farms (viz. edaphic conditions and host genotype) on bacterial diversity in bulk soil and seven plant compartments. From this experiment, we created shortlisted core ‘candidates’ that were then refined using a survey of 52 field-grown Musa spp. We confirmed the importance of the core through network analysis and by comparing the sequences of our core taxa with those reported in 22 previous studies.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:Fusarium Plant growth promotion Plant disease Biocontrol Plant protection Sustainable agriculture
Subjects:Science > Botany > Genetics
Science > Microbiology > Bacteria
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Culture of individual fruits or types of fruit > Bananas
Plant pests and diseases
Live Archive:03 Nov 2022 23:13
Last Modified:03 Nov 2022 23:15

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