Mutualistic association between plants and microbes

The mutualistic relationship between fungi and bacteria is a striking example of microbes playing crucial roles in their host’s nutrient acquisition. This relationship has coevolved since ancient times of plant adaptation to land. Amazingly the fungal-bacterial associations are also a distinct mutualistic relationship where they help each other. Thus we also see fungal specific microbomes – or mycospheres.

LF Peterson 202D

Plant Pathology and Microbiology

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX 77843

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