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PLANT MICROBIOME

Bacterial genomics of plant adaptation

What allows bacteria, both pathogens and mutualists alike, to survive in close association with a eukaryotic host? A new study performed a large-scale comparative genomics analysis to identify novel genetic and genomic traits that are enriched in plant-associated bacterial taxa.

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Fig. 1: Identification of bacterial genes that are enriched in the genomes of plant-associated microbes.

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Melnyk, R.A., Haney, C.H. Bacterial genomics of plant adaptation. Nat Genet 50, 2–4 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-017-0019-2

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