Microbes are associated with every plant tissue: they are found in the stems, leaves, and seeds (where they are known as endophytes), and on the surfaces of these same tissues (where they are known as epiphytes). The most studied agricultural microbiome is the plant’s rhizosphere: the bacteria, archaea, and fungi (such as mycorrhizal fungi) living in and around the plant’s root system. Whereas the rhizosphere is mainly recruited from the soil to provide support to the growing plant, the seeds containing their own microbiomes provide support for the plant’s next generation. Our lab has extensive knowledge of these microbial systems and can advise on a workflow that meets your needs.
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