- Gathers, under a common general outline, a comprehensive knowledge issued from distinct scientific communities
- Combines three life science disciplines, including ecology, evolutionary biology, and molecular biology
- Addresses a topical subject as the natural biological processes described represent basic knowledge that help develop low input sustainable agriculture
- Written by renowned scientists in their field
Part 1: Plant-Plant Communication 1. From the Lab Bench to the Forest: Ecology and Defence Mechanisms of Volatile-Mediated 'Talking Trees' 2. Allelopathy and the Role of Allelochemicals in Plant Defence 3. Communication Between Host Plants and Parasitic Plants 4. Plant-Plant Communication Through Common Mycorrhizal Networks
Part 2: Plant Communication With Microbes 5. Plant Communication With Associated Microbiota in the Spermosphere, Rhizosphere and Phyllosphere 6. Chatting With a Tiny Belowground Member of the Holobiome: Communication Between Plants and Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria 7. Effector-Mediated Communication of Filamentous Plant Pathogens With Their Hosts 8. Commonalities in Symbiotic Plant-Microbe Signalling
Part 3: Plant Communication With Animals 9. Plant-Pollinator Communication 10. Mimicry and Deception in Pollination 11. Plant Communication With Herbivores 12. Communication of Sedentary Plant-Parasitic Nematodes With Their Host Plants
After studying in Paris, Guillaume Bécard got his PhD at Laval University (Canada) and did a four-year post-doc in a USDA laboratory in Philadelphia (USA). He was then recruited by the University of Toulouse (France) in 1993 as a biology professor. He is studying an ancient and widespread plant symbiosis that occurs between plant roots and certain soil fungi called arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. This symbiosis enhances mineral and water nutrition of plants and their resistance to environmental stress. With his research team he has contributed in recent years to the discover of the molecular signals and ancestral mechanisms involved in the recognition between the plant and the fungus. He is also involved through industrial collaboration in the promotion of the agronomic use of mycorrhizae to reduce requirements of irrigation, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.