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    Most mosses are colonized by nitrogen (N)-fixing cyanobacteria. This discovery is relatively recent, which can explain the large knowledge gaps the field is now tackling. For instance, while we have a good understanding of the abiotic controls (e.g. nutrient availability, increased temperature), we still do not know much about the biotic controls of N2 fixation in mosses. I propose here that we should endeavour to position moss-cyanobacteria associations along the mutualism-parasitism continuum under varying abiotic conditions (e.g. nutrient availability). This would finally unravel the nature of the relationship between the partners and will be a big leap in our understanding of the evolution of plant-bacteria interactions using moss-cyanobacteria associations as a model system. © 2022 The Authors. New Phytologist © 2022 New Phytologist Foundation.

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    Kathrin Rousk. Biotic and abiotic controls of nitrogen fixation in cyanobacteria-moss associations. The New phytologist. 2022 Aug;235(4):1330-1335

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