Soil bacterial influence on alfalfa growth and health
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Soil microbial communities have demonstrated enormous potential for promotion of plant health and productivity. In particular, the diversity of the soil community may play an important role for increased plant growth. However, previous research has focused on soil fungal diversity and neglected the role that diversity of soil bacteria may play in influencing plant growth. Therefore, a greenhouse study was conducted to determine if soil bacterial community structure influences alfalfa productivity. Prior to setup, nine soils with varying physico-chemical and microbiological profiles were chemically ...