Antibiotic Resistomes in Plant Microbiomes

Qing Lin Chen, Hui Ling Cui, Jian Qiang Su, Josep Penuelas, Yong Guan Zhu

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    © 2019 Elsevier Ltd Microorganisms associated with plants may alter the traits of the human microbiome important for human health, but this alteration has largely been overlooked. The plant microbiome is an interface between plants and the environment, and provides many ecosystem functions such as improving nutrient uptake and protecting against biotic and abiotic stress. The plant microbiome also represents a major pathway by which humans are exposed to microbes and genes consumed with food, such as pathogenic bacteria, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and antibiotic-resistance genes. In this review we highlight the main findings on the composition and function of the plant microbiome, and underline the potential of plant microbiomes in the dissemination of antibiotic resistance via food consumption or direct contact.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)530-541
    JournalTrends in Plant Science
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


    • Antibiotic resistome
    • Food chain
    • Phyllosphere
    • Plant microbiome


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