How do plants - having different exudation patterns - shape a similar microbial community?
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Microorganisms associated with plants have been shown to improve plant growth and yield participating in the biogeochemical cycles of elements in soil. For these reasons, the rhizosphere microbiome is considered one of the key determinants of plant health and productivity. Plants can influence the qualitative and quantitative composition of the rhizosphere microbial community by releasing different classes of organic compound. Yet, this release depends on several factors, such as plant genotype, soil properties, plant nutritional status, climatic conditions. Within a previous study, we showed that the rhizosphere microbial communities associated to both iron (Fe)-sufficient and Fe-deficient tomato and barley plants, grown in different agricultural calcareous soils, were surprisingly similar and formed by bacterial strains that exhibit plant growthpromoting (PGPR) traits.