International Sugar Journal

Endophyte microbes help unlock phosphorus for plant growth [Registered]

Phosphorus is a necessary nutrient for plants to grow. But when it’s applied to plants as part of chemical fertilizer, phosphorus can react strongly with minerals in the soil, forming […]

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Discovery of endophytes supporting nitrogen fixation in non-leguminous crops shows promise [Registered]

This endophyte-plant relationship is partly a matter of speed in adaptation. “Plants have a limited ability to genetically adapt to rapid environmental changes (heat, drought, toxins, or limited nutrients) and so they may use microbes that do have this capacity to rapidly evolve due to their vastly shorter life cycles,” she explained. “By having the right microbes for the conditions, the plants are healthier. That is how it is similar to humans taking probiotics to improve their health.”

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