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Rich vs poor species in leaf secondary metabolites and bacterial colonization of their phyllosphere

Despina Vokou

Department of Ecology, School of Biology, Aristotle University, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece


This paper assesses the relationship between leaf secondary metabolites and microbial communities establishing on the leaves of plant species growing in the Mediterranean environment. The issue examined is whether the size and diversity of epiphytic microbial communities are determined by the leaf secondary metabolite content and profile. The secondary metabolites dealt with are essential oils and surface phenolics.

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Examination of the relationship between leaf secondary metabolites and colonization by phyllosphere bacteria in Mediterranean plants


Bacterial epiphytes, Essential oils, Phenolics, Phyllosphere, Secondary metabolites,

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