Hooray! Papers from Dangl and Schulze-Lefert labs defining the microbiome of roots - just as interesting and important as the human gut microbiome! (But why no news and views for the root papers?)
From the Dangle lab abstract, "Land plants associate with a root microbiota distinct from the complex microbial community present in surrounding soil. The microbiota colonizing the rhizosphere (immediately surrounding the root) and the endophytic compartment (within the root) contribute to plant growth, productivity, carbon sequestration and phytoremediation. Colonization of the root occurs despite a sophisticated plant immune system, suggesting finely tuned discrimination of mutualists and commensals from pathogens."
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