The evolution of specificity in the legume-rhizobium symbiosis.

  title={The evolution of specificity in the legume-rhizobium symbiosis.},
  author={Joanne P. Young and Andrew W. B. Johnston},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={4 11},
We know more about the partnership between legumes and their root-nodule bacteria than about any other symbiosis or any other plant-microbe interaction. In the light of recent research we are beginning to see details of an elaborate tapestry. The rhizobia are not a self-contained branch on the bacterial tree; their ancestry is intertwined with that of photosynthetic and pathogenic bacteria. Their host ranges, which vary enormously in breadth, overlap to form a tangled web of interconnections… CONTINUE READING

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