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The magic and menace of metagenomics: prospects for the study of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria

Leveau, J.H.J. (2007) The magic and menace of metagenomics: prospects for the study of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 119, 279-300. ISSN 0929-1873.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10658-007-9186-9

Abstract

This article aims to be a pragmatic primer into the field of metagenomics with special emphasis on the prospective contributions of metagenomics to the study of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). After an introduction into the concepts and methodologies of metagenomics and a discussion of the numerous emerging variations on the basic theme, there will follow a short overview of the success stories in metagenomics (the ‘magic’ in the title of this review), a brief discussion about the technical problems and unrealistic expectations that are sometimes associated with metagenomics (the ‘menace’), and a shortlist of the lessons that can be learned by those that wish to explore the utility of metagenomics in the study of PGPR.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:4669
Deposited On:16 Sep 2009 02:00
Last Modified:24 Apr 2012 16:47

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