News and Views out on microbial- and plant- driven pathways to plant defense

Hubbard et al 2019 find that root microbes drive a substantial amount of plant defense in Boechera stricta, and that plant and root-microbe pathways to defense are different. I opine here on what separate pathways mean for evolution of plant defense, and what alternate knock-on effects of microbe- and plant- driven defense on insects could mean for tri-trophic interactions.

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