Plant phosphate status drives host microbial preferences: a trade-off between fungi and bacteria

EMBO J. 2020 Jan 15;39(2):e104144. doi: 10.15252/embj.2019104144. Epub 2019 Dec 30.


Recent discoveries show that plant recruitment of fungi and bacteria in a non-mycorrhizal host follows different strategies dependent on phosphate availability. A new study by Morcillo et al (2019) demonstrates that volatile compounds synthesized by rhizobacteria contribute to phosphate starvation response-dependent regulation of bacterial colonization and immune system activation in Arabidopsis thaliana plants.

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MeSH terms

  • Bacteria
  • Diacetyl*
  • Fungi
  • Phosphates*
  • Plant Immunity


  • Phosphates
  • Diacetyl