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January 12 2014

Could more fungi mean less fertilizer for crops?


A plant protein called DELLA may lead to reducing phosphorus-fertilizer applications on farms and to better plant growth in poor soil.

Plant biologists have long known that through “mycorrhizal symbiosis”—an interface between the plant roots and the soil—plants regulate formation of arbuscules (branched, treelike structures) in response to their own phosphate needs.

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