Active root-inhabiting microbes identified by rapid incorporation of plant-derived carbon into RNA.

@article{Vandenkoornhuyse2007ActiveRM,
  title={Active root-inhabiting microbes identified by rapid incorporation of plant-derived carbon into RNA.},
  author={Philippe Vandenkoornhuyse and St{\'e}phane Mah{\'e} and Philip Ineson and Phil Staddon and Nick Ostle and Jean-Bernard Cliquet and A. J. Francez and Alastair H. Fitter and J Peter W Young},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2007},
  volume={104 43},
  pages={16970-5}
}
Plant roots harbor a large diversity of microorganisms that have an essential role in ecosystem functioning. To better understand the level of intimacy of root-inhabiting microbes such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria, we provided (13)CO(2) to plants at atmospheric concentration during a 5-h pulse. We expected microbes dependent on a carbon flux from their host plant to become rapidly labeled. We showed that a wide variety of microbes occurred in roots, mostly previously unknown… CONTINUE READING