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Metabolic coupling on roots

The coupling of root nutrient exudation by plants with microbial nutrient utilization preferences helps drive the assembly of rhizosphere microbiomes, enabling the use of metabolite interaction traits to engineer favourable microbial communities on roots.

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Correspondence to Gwyn A. Beattie.

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Fig. 1: Metabolic synchronization of microbial substrate utilization traits and root exudation traits is a major driver of rhizosphere microbiome assembly.