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Molecular interactions in the rhizosphere of maize


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The rhizosphere is the narrow region of soil surrounding plant roots. Roots extract nutrients and water from their soil environment and secrete exudates to the rhizosphere. The community of microorganisms in the rhizosphere and roots contributes to plant growth and health by resource capturing, suppression of pathogens and by enhancing disease resistance. We perform cell type-specific transcriptome and microbiome analyses assisted by laser capture microdissection (LCM) to understand the influence of root hairs and lateral roots in different soil textures on plant-microbe interaction in maize.