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Congratulations to doctoral student Isai Salas-Gonzalez who is the co-first author of a SCIENCE paper published together with former Dangl lab post-doc Gabriel Castrillo and members of the Castrillo and Salt labs at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Isai and his co-authors show that the root bacterial microbiome can influence the development of the root endodermis and thus define how the endodermis influences nutrient uptake. This depends on the root microbiota’s ability to manipulate the plant hormone Abscissic Acid. The work is important because root endodermal nutrient uptake ultimately defines nutrient levels in our food. Read the paper at: and an accompanying Perspective at:

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