• Arabidopsis plants engineered for high root sugar secretion enhance the diversity of soil microorganisms

    9 days ago - By Wiley

    Graphical Abstract and Lay Summary
    Plants secrete sugars from their roots to influence the soil microbiome. In this study, the authors demonstrate that plants engineered for increased sugar secretion can increase the abundance and diversity of soil microorganisms. This work could contribute to the breeding of stress-resistant crop plants.
    Plants secrete sugars from their roots into the soil, presumably to support beneficial plant-microbe interactions. Accordingly, manipulation of sugar secretion might be a viable strategy to enhance plant health and productivity. To evaluate the...
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