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Host match improves root microbiome growth

Roots of different plant species are colonized by distinct microbiota, even when grown in the same soil. A comprehensive combination of experimental manipulation of plant species, plant mutations, plant signalling, community composition and order of community application reveals how community assembly differs among plant species.

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Fig. 1: Differential microbiome assembly on plant roots.


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O’Brien, A.M., Harrison, T.L. Host match improves root microbiome growth. Nat Microbiol 6, 1103–1104 (2021).

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