Plant-associated bacteria are critical for plant growth and health. However, the effects of plant growth stages on the bacterial community remain unclear. Analyses of the microbiome associated with field-grown soybean revealed a marked shift in the bacterial community during the growth stages. The relative abundance of Methylorubrum in the leaf and stem increased from 0.2% to more than 45%, but decreased to approximately 15%, with a peak at the flowering stage at which nitrogen metabolism changed in the soybean plant. These results suggest the significance of a time-series analysis for understanding the relationship between the microbial community and host plant physiology.
- 16S rRNA
- Plant growth stage