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Deep influence of soil microbes

Soil microorganisms have long been known to aid plants through nitrogen fixation and water and nutrient exchange. Now researchers are unearthing new ways in which this subterranean biome affects plant performance.

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Gruber, K. Deep influence of soil microbes. Nature Plants 1, 15194 (2015).

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