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Plant evolution driven by interactions with symbiotic and pathogenic microbes

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Science  19 Feb 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6531, eaba6605
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba6605

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New pathways in plants and microbes

Plants and microbes have interacted through evolution in ways that shaped diversity and helped plants colonize land. Delaux and Schornack review how insights from a range of plant and algal genomes reveal sustained use through evolution of ancient gene modules as well as emergence of lineage-specific specializations. Mosses, liverworts, and hornworts have layered innovation onto existing pathways to build new microbial interactions. Such innovations may be transferrable to crop plants with an eye toward building a more sustainable agriculture.

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