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Soil microbe ‘home team’ helps Ponderosa Pines cope with warmer drier conditions.

Early findings suggest that familiar soil microbes help Ponderosa Pines to grow at warmer, drier sites.

Figure Caption: Aboveground biomass of ponderosa pine growing with different soil organisms communities at three sites along a temperature and moisture gradient. The bars indicate standard error of the mean – so only difference which are larger than the size of those ‘error bars’ are likely to be significant. Notice that plants are typically much smaller when grown in sterile potting soil, with a big benefit from having a home-team at the warm-dry sites.


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