Opportunities and challenges for microbiomics in ecosystem restoration

Jake M. Robinson, Riley Hodgson, Siegfried L. Krauss, Craig Liddicoat, Ashish A. Malik, Belinda C. Martin, Jakki J. Mohr, David Moreno-Mateos, Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, Shawn D. Peddle, Martin F. Breed

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Microbiomics is the science of characterizing microbial community structure, function, and dynamics. It has great potential to advance our understanding of plant–soil–microbe processes and interaction networks which can be applied to improve ecosystem restoration. However, microbiomics may be perceived as complex and the technology is not accessible to all. The opportunities of microbiomics in restoration ecology are considerable, but so are the practical challenges. Applying microbiomics in restoration must move beyond compositional assessments to incorporate tools to study the complexity of ecosystem recovery. Advances in metaomic tools provide unprecedented possibilities to aid restoration interventions. Moreover, complementary non-omic applications, such as microbial inoculants and biopriming, have the potential to improve restoration objectives by enhancing the establishment and health of vegetation communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1189-1202
Number of pages14
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


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