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Microbial Intervention: An Approach to Combat the Postharvest Pathogens of Fruits

Verma, S and Azevedo, LCB and Pandey, J and Khusharia, S and Kumari, M and Kumar, D and Kaushalendra, S and Bhardwaj, N and Teotia, P and Kumar, A (2022) Microbial Intervention: An Approach to Combat the Postharvest Pathogens of Fruits. In: Plants, 11 (24).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/plants11243452


Plants host diverse microbial communities, which undergo a complex interaction with each other. Plant-associated microbial communities provide various benefits to the host directly or indirectly, viz. nutrient acquisition, protection from pathogen invaders, mitigation from different biotic and abiotic stress. Presently, plant-associated microbial strains are frequently utilized as biofertilizers, biostimulants and biocontrol agents in greenhouse and field conditions and have shown satisfactory results. Nowadays, the plant/fruit microbiome has been employed to control postharvest pathogens and postharvest decay, and to maintain the quality or shelf life of fruits. In this context, the intervention of the natural fruit microbiome or the creation of synthetic microbial communities to modulate the functional attributes of the natural microbiome is an emerging aspect. In this regard, we discuss the community behavior of microbes in natural conditions and how the microbiome intervention plays a crucial role in the postharvest management of fruits. © 2022 by the authors.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Plants
Publisher: MDPI
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Authors.
Keywords: biofilm; fruit microbiome; microbial intervention; postharvest management of fruits; quorum sensing
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 06:46
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 06:46
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/79551

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