Plant-associated fungal biofilms—knowns and unknowns

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dc.contributor.author Motaung, T.E. (Thabiso)
dc.contributor.author Peremore, Chizne
dc.contributor.author Wingfield, Brenda D.
dc.contributor.author Steenkamp, Emma Theodora
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-01T08:10:33Z
dc.date.issued 2020-12
dc.description.abstract Nearly all microbes including fungi grow firmly attached to surfaces as a biofilm. Yet, attention towards fungal interactions with plants and the environment is dedicated to free-floating (planktonic) cells. Fungal biofilms are generally thought to configure interactions across and among plant populations. Despite this, plant fungal biofilm research lags far behind the research on biofilms of medically important fungi. The deficit in noticing and exploring this research avenue could limit disease management and plant improvement programs. Here we provide the current state of knowledge of fungal biofilms and the different pivotal ecological roles they impart in the context of disease, through leveraging evidence across medically important fungi, secondary metabolite production, plant beneficial functions and climate change. We also provide views on several important information gaps potentially hampering plant fungal biofilm research, and propose a way forward to address these gaps. en_ZA
dc.description.department Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2021-11-05
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The University of Pretoria, DST-NRF and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI). en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://academic.oup.com/femsec en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Motaung, T.E., Peremore, C., Wingfield, B. et al. Plant-associated fungal biofilms—knowns and unknowns. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 96, Issue 12, December 2020, fiaa224, https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiaa224. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0168-6496 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1574-6941 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1093/femsec/fiaa224
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/82017
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_ZA
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of FEMS. All rights reserved. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in FEMS Microbiology Ecology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is : Plant-associated fungal biofilms—knowns and unknowns. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Volume 96, Issue 12, December 2020, fiaa224, https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiaa224, is available online at : https://academic.oup.com/femsec. en_ZA
dc.subject Cell communities en_ZA
dc.subject Filamentous fungi en_ZA
dc.subject Infection en_ZA
dc.subject Mycorrhizae en_ZA
dc.subject Pathogens en_ZA
dc.title Plant-associated fungal biofilms—knowns and unknowns en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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