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December 9th, 2016 / New Phytologist

If you need help defending your tomato plants from pests, enlisting the help of a fungus might not be at the top of your list. But a recent study, published in New Phytologist, has shown that a fungus could actually be an unlikely ally in the greenhouse.

Similar to the beneficial microbes that inhabit the human gut, plants can play host to a range of microbes, some of which form associations with plant roots and provide their hosts with essential functions that help with nutrient acquisition and protection against pests. See more