Sea grass bed

Marine plants:
Return to the sea

  • Xiao Ma
  • Steffen Vanneste
  • Yves Van de Peer


  • AM fungi invading root

    Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi form symbioses with the roots of most plants. Host potato plants selectively allocate carbon resources to tissues interacting with AM fungi rather than those interacting with phytophagous parasites. Plants prioritise carbon transfer to AM fungi by maintaining expression of fatty acid biosynthesis and transport pathways, whilst decreasing hexose transporters.

  • Forest

    The bark of trees is easily recognized by most people, but how the bark can be degraded by microorganisms is not well understood. Spruce bark is enriched in toxic molecules, and new results pinpoint how some of these appear to strongly shape microbial bark-degrading microbial communities.

  • Wheat traffic-lights

    Allopolyploidization, encompassing hybridization and genome doubling events, is a major driver of genome evolution and adaptation. However, the merger of different genomes may result in genomic conflicts. LHP1, a key factor regulating subgenomic divergence and disease resistance genes, mediates an epigenetic buffering system to protect normal development from environmental changes.

  • Rice paddy

    To meet the food demand of the growing population and to cope with global warming, reducing greenhouse gases and enhancing yields for staples such as rice are critical. The rice allele, gs3, both mitigates methane emissions from paddies and increases yield.

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