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Interactions of beneficial and detrimental root-colonizing filamentous microbes with plant hosts

Thomas Rey1 and Sebastian Schornack12*

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1 Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LR, UK

2 The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7UH, UK

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Genome Biology 2013, 14:121  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-6-121

Published: 25 June 2013


Understanding commonalities and differences of how symbiotic and parasitic microbes interact with plants will improve advantageous interactions and allow pathogen control strategies in crops. Recently established systems enable studies of root pathogenic and symbiotic interactions in the same plant species.