Climate Disruption of Plant-Microbe Interactions

Jennifer A. Rudgers, Michelle E. Afkhami, Lukas Bell-Dereske, Y. Anny Chung, Kerri M. Crawford, Stephanie N. Kivlin, Michael A. Mann, Martin A. Nuñez

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Interactions between plants and microbes have important influences on evolutionary processes, population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystem function. We review the literature to document how climate change may disrupt these ecological interactions and develop a conceptual framework to integrate the pathways of plant-microbe responses to climate over different scales in space and time. We then create a blueprint to aid generalization that categorizes climate effects into changes in the context dependency of plant-microbe pairs, temporal mismatches and altered feedbacks over time, or spatial mismatches that accompany species range shifts. We pair a new graphical model of how plant-microbe interactions influence resistance to climate change with a statistical approach to predictthe consequences of increasing variability in climate. Finally, we suggest pathways through which plant-microbe interactions can affect resilience during recovery from climate disruption. Throughout, we take a forward-looking perspective, highlighting knowledge gaps and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-586
Number of pages26
JournalAnnual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
StatePublished - Nov 2 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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