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24 April 2012
Scientists at Rothamsted Research and the University of Sheffield have discovered that maize crops emit chemical signals which attract growth-promoting microbes to live amongst their roots. This is the first chemical signal that has been shown to attract beneficial bacteria to the maize root environment.
The study was led by Dr Andy Neal of Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC and Dr Jurriaan Ton of the University of Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. By deepening our understanding of how cereals interact with microorganisms in the soil their research aims to contribute to ongoing efforts to increase cereal yields sustainably to feed a growing world population.
Publication› Benzoxazinoids in Root Exudates of Maize Attract Pseudomonas putida to the Rhizosphere (10.1371/journal.pone.0035498)
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