The interaction of free-living amoeba with rice bacterial and fungal pathogens
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Free-living amoebae are ubiquitous microbes found in the soil and water across the globe. Amoebae live a predominantly heterotrophic lifestyle – preying on a variety of organisms including bacteria, fungi and even other protists. Although extensively studied, their potential as a biocontrol for agricultural pathogens is largely unexplored. As many pathogens occupy the same habitat as amoeba, we investigated their interactions as a first step to determine if amoeba are possible biocontrol agents. Our research focuses on two important pathogens of rice, the bacteria Xanthomonas oryzae and the ...