Humankind relies on host–microbe symbioses and the ecosystems they form for diverse services, including food and health. It is important to understand how symbioses will fare in a world facing rapid global change and how adaptation and resilience of symbioses can be aided to secure their services for future generations.
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The author thanks the symbiosis community, in particular for the discussions at the GRC and GRS Animal-Microbe Symbioses since 2015 and the CRC 1182 “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms”, Kiel.
The author declares no competing interests.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Aquatic Symbioses Model Systems Initiative: https://www.moore.org/initiative-strategy-detail?initiativeId=symbiosis-in-aquatic-systems-initiative
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Hentschel, U. Harnessing the power of host–microbe symbioses to address grand challenges. Nat Rev Microbiol 19, 615–616 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41579-021-00619-3