Plants stimulate their root bacteria to compete better, and these bacteria help the plants resist disease!
Microbe of the episode
Microbe of the episode: Bacillus circulans
In this study, one species of root bacterium is able to compete against others by producing an antimicrobial compound. The plant stimulates this production with chemical signals, and benefits from its symbionts' increased competitiveness because the bacterium helps the plant resist infection.
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