Millions of microbial taxa inhabit the rhizosphere and could be used as biofertilizers, biopesticides, and/or for bioremediation. Only a fraction of these microbes have been described and/or are being utilized. Most are dispersed in collections, but coordination of their accessibility and availability is challenging. Here, we present the Pan-European Rhizosphere Resource Network (PERN), which is a transnational repository of microorganisms whose objectives are to facilitate access to rhizosphere resources and information and help users with technical and legal issues.
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Authors: Stéphane Declerck, Anne Willems, Marcel G.A. van der Heijden, Giovanna Cristina Varese, Olga Turkovskaya, Lyudmila Evtushenko, Irena Ivshina, Philippe Desmeth