Recent work shows plant microbiomes – microorganisms in a plant and its immediate environment; affecting plant health, survival and health. The initial assembly of the microbiome is particularly important. Assembly refers to the processes that produce species and numbers of species within the microbiome. This study characterized the initial assembly of the microbiome into several types of poplars. Research has shown that the composition of the microbiome has changed dramatically over time. For microbiome archaea and bacteria, over time it has led to a decrease in the number of variations. However, the variation between microbiome fungi was shaped by several processes. The genetic makeup of the poplars was shown to be a smaller factor than the researchers expected.


The initial assembly of the plant microbiome can help establish the future of the microbiome. This can determine the overall future health of the plant. However, while scientists know a great deal about the initial microbiome assembly of grasses and agricultural crops, they know less about the initial microbe of long-lived trees, such as poplars. Poppies can be excellent candidates for biofuels and other applications. If scientists better understand the microbiome of the plant, they can take advantage of these trees. For example, the findings of this new study may help scientists use microbes to improve the health and growth of well-known trees.


Recent work shows that plant microbiomes, especially the early assembly of this microbiome, affect plant health, survival, and fitness. In this study, scientists characterized the initial assembly People microbial communities in ten genotypes of two poplar species in a common garden. The researchers sequenced the microbiome of leaf and root tissue (leaf and root endosphere), leaf surface and root surface, and the surrounding environment (rhizosphere). Molecular analysis was matched with ecological assembly models and source tracking models to describe assembly People microbiome in the first growth season.

Scientists have found that the composition of the microbiome has changed dramatically over time in all genotypes of plant-related habitats and hosts. In the case of archaea and bacteria, these changes were dominated by a strong homogenizing selection (between 29 and 62 percent of pairwise comparisons). However, fungal collection was generally distinguished by multiple ecological assembly processes (a mixture of weak selection and dispersal processes). Interestingly, the genotype, although a significant moderator of microbiome composition, generally showed less variation than the sample date in plant-related habitats. The researchers defined an average set of basic genera that made up 36 percent of the microbiome. The relative abundance of this basic community was consistent over time. Furthermore, using source modeling modeling, they determined that new microbial taxa were colonized from both surface and groundwater sources. Combined with our null models of ecological assembly, the two selective processes and the dispersal processes explained the differences between exo- (i.e., leaf surface and rhizosphere) and endospheric microbiomes. Taken together, the results suggest an initial assembly People the microbiome is dependent on time, genotype, and habitat and is moderated by both selective and stochastic factors.


This research was supported by the Genomic Science Program of the Department of Energy for Research in Science, Biology and the Environment, within the Scientific Area of ​​Plant Microbial Interfaces.


DOE / US Department of Energy

Magazine reference:

Usoa, NC, et al. (2021) Populus Microbiome assembly is a temporary dynamic and is determined by selective and stochastic factors. mSphere.