Bacteria and fungi shaped Earth’s soils structure and created habitable conditions for the evolution of plants. Microbes work together in clusters to support plant growth along the rhizosphere by delivering nutrients and preventing disease. Without these organisms, plants would not have the constant supply of nutrients they need to grow. Functionally targeted microbial inoculants can support agriculture management across many crops to help farmers sustainably meet global production demands.

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