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Harnessing the power of host–microbe symbioses to address grand challenges

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.

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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

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