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Impact of insect herbivory and microbial inoculants on the rhizosphere microbiome and volatilome

This thesis aims to investigate the effect of tripartite interaction between microbial inoculants, the plant, and herbivore insects on the rhizosphere microbiome and volatilome. We investigated the rhizosphere microbiome and volatilome of tomato plants exposed to insect herbivory and/or inoculated with beneficial microbes known to trigger ISR.

A.S. Lee Diaz
27 maart 2024
Thesis in Leiden Repository

First, we reviewed the abiotic and biotic factors that impact the success of ISR microbial inoculants (Chapter 2). Then, we tested microbial inoculants against different stresses and experimental conditions to compare interactions in variable contexts (Chapter 3). Next, we explored the impact of insect herbivory aboveground, on the volatile and microbial belowground compartment. In Chapter 4 we explored root volatiles under stress in two tomato species to evaluate the genotype impact on the stress-induced root volatilome. In Chapter 5, we studied the impact of endosymbiotic fungi arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) on root volatiles in an in vitro bioassay and in a greenhouse setup with herbivory-stressed plants. In Chapter 6, we compared the effect of four phylogenetically diverse bacteria and fungi, inoculated as single-species and as a synthetic community, on the rhizosphere microbiome assembly and volatilome in herbivory-stressed plants. Overall, this thesis delves into overlooked interactions providing novel data on belowground plant-microbe interactions.

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