How have the roots of maize changed since the introduction of synthetic nitrogen fertiliser in the 1940s?
Ramoneda et al. propose specific experimental approaches to utilize the wild ancestors of crops to determine whether crop domestication compromised the benefits derived from root microbial symbioses or not.
It’s said all plants are holobionts. If that’s true why bother creating a new word? What value does the word holobiont bring that plant doesn’t already have?