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PLANT MICROBIOME

Drought dampens microbiome development

Plants restructure their microbiomes as a ‘cry for help’ against biotic and abiotic stress. A recent study shows that prolonged drought stress causes a permanent shift in the rhizosphere microbiome, and provides clues to which drought-induced microbiome changes might sustain plant health.

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Fig. 1: Long-term drought stress causes a sustained increase in growth-promoting Actinobacteria in the rice endosphere microbiome.

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Song, Y., Haney, C.H. Drought dampens microbiome development. Nat. Plants 7, 994–995 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-021-00977-z

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