Chin J Plant Ecol ›› 2022, Vol. 46 ›› Issue (3): 249-266.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2021.0059

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Impacts and action pathways of domestication on diversity and community structure of crop microbiome: a review

XIE Yu-Hang1,*, JIA Pu1,*, ZHENG Xiu-Tan1, LI Jin-Tian1, SHU Wen-Sheng1, WANG Yu-Tao1,2,**()   

  1. 1Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Biotechnology for Plant Development, School of Life Science, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China
    2Dongli Planting and Farming Industrial Co., LTD, Lianzhou, Guangdong 513400, China
  • Received:2021-02-22 Accepted:2021-08-02 Online:2022-03-20 Published:2021-08-27
  • Contact: WANG Yu-Tao
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    * Contributed equally to this work

  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(31772397);National Natural Science Foundation of China(31400365);Guangdong “Yangfan” Innovative and Entepreneurial Research Team Project(2015YT02H032)


Interactions between plants and coexisting microorganisms have significant impacts on plant growth, development, and health. Human domestication has resulted in significant differences between modern crops and their wild ancestors in physiological and genetic characteristics and growth environment, which will inevitably affect the interaction between crops and their microbiomes. Understanding the impact of domestication on the diversity and community structure of microbiome and the mechanisms involved is an important theoretical basis for application of microbiome during crop improvement and breeding. In this review, we summarize the research progress of the effects of domestication on the community composition and diversity of root and shoot microbiome (bacteria and fungi) in crops. We also analyze the involved action pathways in shaping crop microbiomes by domestication, considering the domestication effect on crop morphology, root configuration, exudates and other physiological characteristics, and the change in growth environment. The research directions that need to be focused on in this field were proposed.

Key words: domestication, microbiome, crop, diversity, community structure, bacteria, fungi