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Healthy soil for healthy plants for healthy humans

The human gut microbiome is a complex system of gazillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses, protists and archaea that has an enormous effect on our metabolism, health and well‐being. The same holds true for the plant rhizosphere, where the roots are immersed in a soil microbiome that provides plants with important nutrients, protects them from disease and pathogens, and helps them adapt to environmental changes. Plant and human microbiomes are linked to each other since they share similar bacterial phyla. And since microbes from fruit and vegetables join the human gut microbiome, the plant microbiome can affect the gut microbiome as well as human health. Researchers at KAUST have developed a method to grow food crops using microbes to produce healthy food crops. Read more at: embopress.org/doi/full/10.15252/embr.202051069