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Nitrogen fixation - a millions of years old symbiosis
June 10, 2014

Most likely the capability of plant symbiosis with nitrogen fixing root bacteria origins in a single and profound event more than 100 millions of years ago.

Werner, G. D. A. et al. A single evolutionary innovation drives the deep evolution of symbiotic N2 fixation in angiosperms. Nat. Commun. 5:4087, doi: 10.1038/ncomms5087 (2014).

Jens Kattge
Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Ressearch Group “Functional Biogeographie”
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