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AbstractFlowers are colonized by and inhabited by diverse microbes. Plants rapidly replace flowers of short lifespan, and old flowers senesce. This may contribute to avoiding adverse effects of the microbes. In this study, we investigate if the flower microbial community on old flowers impedes fruit and seed production in a wild ginger with one-day flowers. We inoculated newly opened flowers with old flower microbes, and monitored the effects on fruit and seed set. We also assessed prokaryoticdoi:10.1101/2021.06.28.450259 fatcat:nig7wgxefngklhqrtrahdyl3ki