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Crop microbiome and sustainable agriculture

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A global assessment of the structure and function of the crop microbiome is urgently needed for the development of effective and rationally designed microbiome technologies for sustainable agriculture. Such an effort will provide new knowledge on the key ecological and evolutionary interactions between plant species and their microbiomes that can be harnessed for increasing agriculture productivity.

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Singh, B.K., Trivedi, P., Egidi, E. et al. Crop microbiome and sustainable agriculture. Nat Rev Microbiol 18, 601–602 (2020).

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