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Steph S

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research on seed microbiomes
« on: 2021-04-28, 06:45:08 AM »
Thought you may find this interesting:
https://phys.org/news/2021-04-canola-growth-environments-genetics-seed.html

The study found that microbiomes varied with genotype as well as environment.  Although the work is on canola, it very likely applies to other crops as well.  The implication is that genotypes selected in the breeding process also select for the microbiome that accompanies the seed.

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Re: research on seed microbiomes
« Reply #1 on: 2021-04-28, 05:02:55 PM »
Another likely factor that arises from grafting different species since much of the plant microbiome is made of endophytic species that live between the cells of the plant. Makes you wonder if there is hidden potential in interspecies lateral grafting designed just to give a period of cellular contact between unrelated species. It also makes me wonder about the potential for naturally parasitic species to be domesticated enough to produce a yield, but which rely on a wide range of other species to do the hard work of finding water/minerals and doing photosynthesis.