Microbes rule in'knee-high tropical rainforests '

Rainforests on infertile wet soils support more than half of all plant species. Shrublands on infertile dry soils in southwestern Australia, jokingly called'knee-high tropical rainforests', support another 20 percent of all plants. In both, plants team up with soil bacteria or fungi to gather nutrients more efficiently. The plants'choice of microbial teammates influences a suite of other plant-soil interactions that help explain why such different environments are so biologically diverse.
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Source: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: International Braz J Urol - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Source: International Braz J Urol - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Source: International Braz J Urol - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Source: International Braz J Urol - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Source: Dr.Malpani's Blog - Category: Reproduction Medicine Source Type: blogs
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Source: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
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Source: Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: Pediatr Endocrinol Diabetes Metab Source Type: research
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Source: The Medical Clinics of North America - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am Source Type: research
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