Friends, Foes, and Phages: How a (Phyllosphere) Microbiome Assembles

Le 17 Juin 2022

Britt Koskella

University College Berkeley US

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The plant phyllosphere is increasingly recognized as a central component of plant health, including as a result of its role in shaping disease susceptibility. It is also an excellent model system for exploring questions of community assembly, adaptation, and stability of host-associated microbiomes. In this talk I will explore the factors that shape the plant phyllosphere, including dispersal from neighboring plants, within-microbiome interactions, phage-mediated selection, and bacterial adaptation to hosts, and explore how these effects might be leveraged for a better understanding of the microbiome and for sustainable agriculture.


Recent publications:

1  Meyer, K. M., Porch, R., Muscettola, I. E., Vasconcelos, A. L. S., Sherman, J. K., Metcalf, C. J. E., Lindow, S.E. & Koskella, B.

(2022). Plant neighborhood shapes diversity and reduces interspecific variation of the phyllosphere microbiome. The ISME journal, 1-12.

2 Dewald-Wang, E. A., Parr, N., Tiley, K., Lee, A., & Koskella, B. (2022). Multiyear time-shift study of bacteria and phage

dynamics in the phyllosphere. The American Naturalist, 199(1), 126-140.

3 Morella, N. M., Weng, F. C. H., Joubert, P. M., Metcalf, C. J. E., Lindow, S., & Koskella, B. (2020). Successive passaging of a

plant-associated microbiome reveals robust habitat and host genotype-dependent selection. PNAS117(2), 1148-1159.

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