Plant symbiosis

Plant symbiosis is the close and persistent co-existence of individuals of more than one species, at least one of which is a plant. In most cases both the plant and its symbiont derive an advantage from the interaction.

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    Roots of different plant species are colonized by distinct microbiota, even when grown in the same soil. A comprehensive combination of experimental manipulation of plant species, plant mutations, plant signalling, community composition and order of community application reveals how community assembly differs among plant species.

    • A. M. O’Brien
    •  & T. L. Harrison
    Nature Microbiology 6, 1103-1104
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    Root nodules that form on legumes, such as garden pea and soybean, are the salient feature of symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria. It is now shown that formation of these unique lateral root organs necessitates co-option of elements mediating radial root patterning.

    • Krzysztof Szczyglowski
    •  & Loretta Ross
    Nature Plants 7, 244-245
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    Quinones are small secondary metabolites synthesized by a broad range of organisms. Perception of these aromatic molecules in plants involves membrane-bound LRR-RLKs to induce downstream cellular responses in plants such as calcium fluxes, specific gene expression and MAPK activation.

    • Max Körner
    • , Peter Slaby
    •  & Markus Albert
    Nature Plants 6, 1074-1075
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    Exudates released from plant roots can recruit beneficial microorganisms that boost plant growth and immunity. In Arabidopsis thaliana and tomato, active DNA demethylation regulates the production of myo-inositol, a root exudate which recruits a specific plant growth-promoting rhizobacterium.

    • Samuel W. Wilkinson
    •  & Jurriaan Ton
    Nature Plants 6, 910-911