Core microbiomes for sustainable agroecosystems

Hirokazu Toju*, Kabir G. Peay, Masato Yamamichi, Kazuhiko Narisawa, Kei Hiruma, Ken Naito, Shinji Fukuda, Masayuki Ushio, Shinji Nakaoka, Yusuke Onoda, Kentaro Yoshida, Klaus Schlaeppi, Yang Bai, Ryo Sugiura, Yasunori Ichihashi, Kiwamu Minamisawa, E. Toby Kiers

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Abstract

In an era of ecosystem degradation and climate change, maximizing microbial functions in agroecosystems has become a prerequisite for the future of global agriculture. However, managing species-rich communities of plant-associated microbiomes remains a major challenge. Here, we propose interdisciplinary research strategies to optimize microbiome functions in agroecosystems. Informatics now allows us to identify members and characteristics of 'core microbiomes', which may be deployed to organize otherwise uncontrollable dynamics of resident microbiomes. Integration of microfluidics, robotics and machine learning provides novel ways to capitalize on core microbiomes for increasing resource-efficiency and stress-resistance of agroecosystems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-257
Number of pages11
JournalNature Plants
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2018

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Toju, H., Peay, K. G., Yamamichi, M., Narisawa, K., Hiruma, K., Naito, K., ... Kiers, E. T. (2018). Core microbiomes for sustainable agroecosystems. Nature Plants, 4(5), 247-257. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0139-4