Hidden conflict in the mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia

Hidden conflict in the mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia

Hidden conflict in the mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia

The mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia, the nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria that make their home in legume root nodules and create nutrient-rich fertilizer for them, is one of the most well-known and agronomically important examples of symbiosis. New research from Dr. Kenjiro Quides, a Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in the Grand Challenges Initiative at Chapman University, tested the boundaries of this relationship—and found that it’s not always as perfectly harmonious as previously thought.
Hidden conflict in the mutually beneficial relationship between legumes and rhizobia