Leaf molecules as markers for mycorrhizal associations: Metabolites in above-ground parts of a plant reveal a plant's successful mutualism with mycorrhizal fungi

Leaf molecules as markers for mycorrhizal associations: Metabolites in above-ground parts of a plant reveal a plant's successful mutualism with mycorrhizal fungi

Researchers have discovered that certain leaf metabolites can be used as markers for mycorrhizal associations. Mycorrhizal fungi facilitate the plants' nutrient uptake and help them thrive under extreme conditions. The discovery of foliar markers enables scientists to screen large amounts of plants for mycorrhizal associations without having to destroy them. This new tool could contribute to breeding more efficient and stress-tolerant crops for sustainable..

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