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      Carbon fluxes and environmental interactions during legume development, with a specific focus on Pisum sativum


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          Grain legumes are major food crops cultivated worldwide for their seeds with high nutritional content. To answer the growing concern about food safety and protein autonomy, legume cultivation must increase in the coming years. In parallel, current agricultural practices are facing environmental challenges, including global temperature increase and more frequent and severe episodes of drought stress. Crop yield directly relies on carbon allocation and is particularly affected by these global changes. We review the current knowledge on source‐sink relationships and carbon resource allocation at all developmental stages, from germination to vegetative growth and seed production in grain legumes, focusing on pea ( Pisum sativum). We also discuss how these source‐sink relationships and carbon fluxes are influenced by biotic and abiotic factors. Major agronomic traits, including seed yield and quality, are particularly impacted by drought, temperatures, salinity, waterlogging, or pathogens and can be improved through the promotion of beneficial soil microorganisms or through optimized plant carbon resource allocation. Altogether, our review highlights the need for a better understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating carbon fluxes from source leaves to sink organs, roots, and seeds. These advancements will further improve our understanding of yield stability and stress tolerance and contribute to the selection of climate‐resilient crops.

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              Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria and root system functioning

              The rhizosphere supports the development and activity of a huge and diversified microbial community, including microorganisms capable to promote plant growth. Among the latter, plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) colonize roots of monocots and dicots, and enhance plant growth by direct and indirect mechanisms. Modification of root system architecture by PGPR implicates the production of phytohormones and other signals that lead, mostly, to enhanced lateral root branching and development of root hairs. PGPR also modify root functioning, improve plant nutrition and influence the physiology of the whole plant. Recent results provided first clues as to how PGPR signals could trigger these plant responses. Whether local and/or systemic, the plant molecular pathways involved remain often unknown. From an ecological point of view, it emerged that PGPR form coherent functional groups, whose rhizosphere ecology is influenced by a myriad of abiotic and biotic factors in natural and agricultural soils, and these factors can in turn modulate PGPR effects on roots. In this paper, we address novel knowledge and gaps on PGPR modes of action and signals, and highlight recent progress on the links between plant morphological and physiological effects induced by PGPR. We also show the importance of taking into account the size, diversity, and gene expression patterns of PGPR assemblages in the rhizosphere to better understand their impact on plant growth and functioning. Integrating mechanistic and ecological knowledge on PGPR populations in soil will be a prerequisite to develop novel management strategies for sustainable agriculture.

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                Physiol Plant
                Physiol Plant
                Physiologia Plantarum
                Blackwell Publishing Ltd (Oxford, UK )
                24 June 2022
                May-Jun 2022
                : 174
                : 3 ( doiID: 10.1111/ppl.v174.3 )
                : e13729
                [ 1 ] Université de Poitiers, UMR CNRS 7267, EBI "Ecologie et Biologie des Interactions" Poitiers France
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                [*] [* ] Correspondence

                Nathalie Pourtau, Université de Poitiers, UMR CNRS 7267, EBI "Ecologie et Biologie des Interactions," Poitiers, France.

                Email: nathalie.pourtau@ 123456univ-poitiers.fr

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                © 2022 The Authors. Physiologia Plantarum published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

                : 25 May 2022
                : 17 December 2021
                : 01 June 2022
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                Figures: 3, Tables: 1, Pages: 20, Words: 20154
                Funded by: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique , doi 10.13039/501100004794;
                Funded by: Grand Poitiers
                Funded by: Université de Poitiers
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