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Dr. Jen Lau, Assistant Professor in Plant Biology at KBS, and Dr. Jay Lennon (formerly of KBS, now an Associate Professor at Indiana University), have published results of their research investigating climate change effects on the evolution of plant-microbe interactions in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). They found that rapid changes in belowground microbes protect plants from drought. These results reveal a novel way that plants can survive in a changing world: they can migrate, adapt, or rely on their closely associated belowground microbes to help them persist in novel environments.

A news summary of the research can be found at http://research.msu.edu/stories/microbes-help-plants-adapt-survive.

The article, "Rapid responses of soil microorganisms improve plant fitness in novel environments," can be read in its entirety here.