A coevolutionary framework for managing disease-suppressive soils

Linda L. Kinkel, Matthew G. Bakker, Daniel C. Schlatter

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This review explores a coevolutionary framework for the study and management of disease-suppressive soil microbial communities. Because antagonistic microbial interactions are especially important to disease suppression, conceptual, theoretical, and empirical work on antagonistic coevolution and its relevance to disease suppression is reviewed. In addition, principles of coevolution are used to develop specific predictions regarding the drivers of disease-suppressive potential in soil microbial communities and to highlight important areas for future research. This approach brings an evolutionary perspective to microbial community management and emphasizes the role of species interactions among indigenous nonpathogenic microbes in developing and maintaining disease-suppressive activities in soil.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-67
Number of pages21
JournalAnnual Review of Phytopathology
StatePublished - Sep 8 2011


  • Antagonistic coevolution
  • Geographic mosaic
  • Niche differentiation
  • Pathogen suppression
  • Soil amendment


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