Interspecies interactions and impact to the health of plants

In plant organs, Bacillus coexist with other bacterial species or fungi. They can live in harmony or compete for nutrient or space, and depending on additional environmental conditions, a switch may happen between these ecological relationships. Biofilms have been studied as single species, but the reality is that multiple species can be integrated in this social community. In this research line, we are exploring how the extracellular matrix modulate the interaction of Bacillus with other bacterial or fungal species, and the ecological implications during their interaction with plants.