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Focus on Symbioses: “Where Two Are Better Than One”

November 2011 , Volume 24 , Number  11
Pages  1,271 - 1,271

Krzysztof Szczyglowski and Michael Sadowsky

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In the last two decades, tremendous advances have been made in our understanding of the basic principles governing two agriculturally relevant symbioses of plants with beneficial microorganisms: i) the nitrogen-fixing nodule bacteria of legumes and angiosperms and ii) phosphate-acquiring mycorrhiza fungi. This special focus issue brings together articles covering aspects of evolution and phylogeny, diversity, signaling, differentiation, and development of new investigative tools. Together they provide a window into the exciting world of plant-microbe symbioses.