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Zeng et al. researched how soil microbial communities respond to a nematode management practice commonly used in Pacific Northwest potato production. The overall impact on the community structure was minor, but a decrease was observed in the number of invertebrate pathogens in the family Ophiocordycipitaceae. The impact on the recovery of nematode populations is unknown. 
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This paper by Shirima et al. is the first to highlight the effects of recycling planting material over several seasons for cassava—a crop vital to the livelihoods of more than 800 million people worldwide. The results of this research should help promote cost effectiveness and efficiency in seed production. 
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Jain et al. describe detailed, step-by-step, and highly reproducible protocols for axenic culture, transformation, and targeted gene knockouts of L. crescens. In the course of developing these protocols, the authors found that L. crescens is also naturally competent for direct uptake and homology-guided chromosomal integration of both linear and circular plasmid DNA.
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