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Ecological restoration: Soil microbes call the shots

Restoration of damaged ecosystems usually involves fairly crude techniques. A new study suggests that the use of soil inocula can ‘design’ new target communities more subtly.

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Figure 1: Effects of soil inoculation on plant and soil communities in the field after topsoil removal.


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