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New Phytologist

Kunpeng Liu, Yu Yu, Aiwu Dong, Wen-Hui Shen
Chromatin-based epigenetic information plays an important role in developmental gene regulation, in response to environment, and in natural variation of gene expression levels. Histone H3 lysine 4 di/trimethylation (H3K4me2/3) is abundant in euchromatin and is generally associated with transcriptional activation. Strikingly, however, enzymes catalyzing H3K4me2/3 remain poorly characterized in crops so far. Here, we investigated the function of the rice SET DOMAIN GROUP 701 (SDG701) gene by molecular and biochemical characterization of the gene product, and by studying effects of its loss or gain of function on plant growth and development...
May 18, 2017: New Phytologist
Heike Lehnert, Albrecht Serfling, Matthias Enders, Wolfgang Friedt, Frank Ordon
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) is a major staple food and therefore of prime importance for feeding the Earth's growing population. Mycorrhiza is known to improve plant growth, but although extensive knowledge concerning the interaction between mycorrhizal fungi and plants is available, genotypic differences concerning the ability of wheat to form mycorrhizal symbiosis and quantitative trait loci (QTLs) involved in mycorrhization are largely unknown. Therefore, a diverse set of 94 bread wheat genotypes was evaluated with regard to root colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi...
May 18, 2017: New Phytologist
M Kate Gallagher, Diane R Campbell
Altered precipitation patterns associated with anthropogenic climate change are expected to have many effects on plants and insect pollinators, but it is unknown if effects on pollination are mediated by changes in water availability. We tested the hypothesis that impacts of climate on plant-pollinator interactions operate through changes in water availability, and specifically that such effects occur through alteration of floral attractants. We manipulated water availability in two naturally occurring Mertensia ciliata (Boraginaceae) populations using water addition, water reduction and control plots and measured effects on vegetative and floral traits, pollinator visitation and seed set...
May 18, 2017: New Phytologist
Jan Erwig, Hassan Ghareeb, Michaela Kopischke, Ronja Hacke, Alexandra Matei, Elena Petutschnig, Volker Lipka
To detect potential pathogens, plants perceive the fungal polysaccharide chitin through receptor complexes containing lysin motif receptor-like kinases (LysM-RLKs). To investigate the ligand-induced spatial dynamics of chitin receptor components, we studied the subcellular behaviour of two Arabidopsis thaliana LysM-RLKs involved in chitin signalling, CHITIN ELICITOR RECEPTOR KINASE1 (CERK1) and LYSIN MOTIF-CONTAINING RECEPTOR-LIKE KINASE5. We performed standard and quantitative confocal laser scanning microscopy on stably transformed A...
May 17, 2017: New Phytologist
Bo Xu, Cécilia Cheval, Anuphon Laohavisit, Bradleigh Hocking, David Chiasson, Tjelvar S G Olsson, Ken Shirasu, Christine Faulkner, Matthew Gilliham
Plants sense microbial signatures via activation of pattern recognition receptors (PPRs), which trigger a range of cellular defences. One response is the closure of plasmodesmata, which reduces symplastic connectivity and the capacity for direct molecular exchange between host cells. Plasmodesmal flux is regulated by a variety of environmental cues but the downstream signalling pathways are poorly defined, especially the way in which calcium regulates plasmodesmal closure. Here, we identify that closure of plasmodesmata in response to bacterial flagellin, but not fungal chitin, is mediated by a plasmodesmal-localized Ca(2+) -binding protein Calmodulin-like 41 (CML41)...
May 17, 2017: New Phytologist
Kristine Y Crous, Odhran S O'Sullivan, Joana Zaragoza-Castells, Keith J Bloomfield, A Clarissa A Negrini, Patrick Meir, Matthew H Turnbull, Kevin L Griffin, Owen K Atkin
Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) have key roles in leaf metabolism, resulting in a strong coupling of chemical composition traits to metabolic rates in field-based studies. However, in such studies, it is difficult to disentangle the effects of nutrient supply per se on trait-trait relationships. Our study assessed how high and low N (5 mM and 0.4 mM, respectively) and P (1 mM and 2 μM, respectively) supply in 37 species from six plant functional types (PTFs) affected photosynthesis (A) and respiration (R) (in darkness and light) in a controlled environment...
May 15, 2017: New Phytologist
Kamil Růžička, Mi Zhang, Ana Campilho, Zsuzsanna Bodi, Muhammad Kashif, Mária Saleh, Dominique Eeckhout, Sedeer El-Showk, Hongying Li, Silin Zhong, Geert De Jaeger, Nigel P Mongan, Jan Hejátko, Ykä Helariutta, Rupert G Fray
N6-adenosine methylation (m(6) A) of mRNA is an essential process in most eukaryotes, but its role and the status of factors accompanying this modification are still poorly understood. Using combined methods of genetics, proteomics and RNA biochemistry, we identified a core set of mRNA m(6) A writer proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana. The components required for m(6) A in Arabidopsis included MTA, MTB, FIP37, VIRILIZER and the E3 ubiquitin ligase HAKAI. Downregulation of these proteins led to reduced relative m(6) A levels and shared pleiotropic phenotypes, which included aberrant vascular formation in the root, indicating that correct m(6) A methylation plays a role in developmental decisions during pattern formation...
May 15, 2017: New Phytologist
Marion R Cerri, Quanhui Wang, Paul Stolz, Jessica Folgmann, Lisa Frances, Katja Katzer, Xiaolin Li, Anne B Heckmann, Trevor L Wang, J Allan Downie, Andreas Klingl, Fernanda de Carvalho-Niebel, Fang Xie, Martin Parniske
Bacterial accommodation inside living plant cells is restricted to the nitrogen-fixing root nodule symbiosis. In many legumes, bacterial uptake is mediated via tubular structures called infection threads (ITs). To identify plant genes required for successful symbiotic infection, we screened an ethyl methanesulfonate mutagenized population of Lotus japonicus for mutants defective in IT formation and cloned the responsible gene, ERN1, encoding an AP2/ERF transcription factor. We performed phenotypic analysis of two independent L...
May 15, 2017: New Phytologist
Zhicai Wang, Dayong Cui, Jing Liu, Jingbo Zhao, Cheng Liu, Wei Xin, Yuan Li, Na Liu, Dongtao Ren, Dingzhong Tang, Yuxin Hu
Activation of the immune response in plants antagonizes growth and development in the absence of pathogens, and such an autoimmune phenotype is often suppressed by the elevation of ambient temperature. However, molecular regulation of the ambient temperature-sensitive intersection of immune response and growth is largely elusive. A genetic screen identified an Arabidopsis mutant, zed1-D, by its high temperature-dependent growth retardation. A combination of molecular, cytological and genetic approaches was used to investigate the molecular basis behind the temperature-sensitive growth and immune response in zed1-D...
May 12, 2017: New Phytologist
Emmanuelle Pineau, Lin Xu, Hugues Renault, Adrien Trolet, Nicolas Navrot, Pascaline Ullmann, Bertrand Légeret, Gaëtan Verdier, Fred Beisson, Franck Pinot
Epoxide hydrolases (EHs) are present in all living organisms. They have been extensively characterized in mammals; however, their biological functions in plants have not been demonstrated. Based on in silico analysis, we identified AtEH1 (At3g05600), a putative Arabidopsis thaliana epoxide hydrolase possibly involved in cutin monomer synthesis. We expressed AtEH1 in yeast and studied its localization in vivo. We also analyzed the composition of cutin from A. thaliana lines in which this gene was knocked out...
May 12, 2017: New Phytologist
Fatih Demir, Stefan Niedermaier, Joji Grace Villamor, Pitter Florian Huesgen
I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. References SUMMARY: Proteolysis is a central regulatory mechanism of protein homeostasis and protein function that affects all aspects of plant life. Higher plants encode for hundreds of proteases, but their physiological substrates and hence their molecular functions remain mostly unknown. Current quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics enables unbiased large-scale interrogation of the proteome and its modifications. Here we provide an overview of proteomics techniques that allow profiling of changes in protein abundance, measurement of proteome turnover rates, identification of protease cleavage sites in vivo and in vitro and determination of protease sequence specificity...
May 11, 2017: New Phytologist
Matthew E Smith, Terry W Henkel, Gwendolyn C Williams, M Catherine Aime, Alexander K Fremier, Rytas Vilgalys
Temperate ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi show segregation whereby some species dominate in organic layers and others favor mineral soils. Weak layering in tropical soils is hypothesized to decrease niche space and therefore reduce the diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi. The Neotropical ECM tree Dicymbe corymbosa forms monodominant stands and has a distinct physiognomy with vertical crown development, adventitious roots and massive root mounds, leading to multi-stemmed trees with spatially segregated rooting environments: aerial litter caches, aerial decayed wood, organic root mounds and mineral soil...
May 11, 2017: New Phytologist
Michael J Wise, Warren G Abrahamson
Plant populations frequently maintain submaximal levels of resistance to natural enemies, even in the presence of substantial genetic variation for resistance. Identifying constraints on the evolution of increased resistance has been a major goal of researchers of plant-herbivore interactions. In a glasshouse study, we measured relative costs and benefits of resistance of tall goldenrod (Solidago altissima) to the gall-inducing tephritid Eurosta solidaginis. We exposed multiple ramets of 26 goldenrod genets to nutrient or shade stress and to oviposition by E...
May 8, 2017: New Phytologist
Mario González, Nélida Brito, Celedonio González
The broad-range phytopathogenic fungus Botrytis cinerea secretes hundreds of proteins during infection of its plant hosts. One of these proteins, BcIEB1, is abundantly secreted and is able to elicit plant defenses, probably as a pathogen-associated molecular pattern, although its native function in B. cinerea biology remains unknown. Pull-down experiments designed to isolate the molecular target of BcIEB1 in tobacco resulted in the identification of osmotin, a pathogenesis-related protein of family 5 that shows antifungal activity...
May 8, 2017: New Phytologist
Yoan Coudert, Neil E Bell, Claude Edelin, C Jill Harrison
Broad-scale evolutionary comparisons have shown that branching forms arose by convergence in vascular plants and bryophytes, but the trajectory of branching form diversification in bryophytes is unclear. Mosses are the most species-rich bryophyte lineage and two sub-groups are circumscribed by alternative reproductive organ placements. In one, reproductive organs form apically, terminating growth of the primary shoot (gametophore) axis. In the other, reproductive organs develop on very short lateral branches...
May 4, 2017: New Phytologist
Teresa E Gimeno, Jérôme Ogée, Jessica Royles, Yves Gibon, Jason B West, Régis Burlett, Sam P Jones, Joana Sauze, Steven Wohl, Camille Benard, Bernard Genty, Lisa Wingate
Carbonyl sulphide (COS) is a potential tracer of gross primary productivity (GPP), assuming a unidirectional COS flux into the vegetation that scales with GPP. However, carbonic anhydrase (CA), the enzyme that hydrolyses COS, is expected to be light independent, and thus plants without stomata should continue to take up COS in the dark. We measured net CO2 (A(C) ) and COS (A(S) ) uptake rates from two astomatous bryophytes at different relative water contents (RWCs), COS concentrations, temperatures and light intensities...
May 3, 2017: New Phytologist
Andreas Schaller, Annick Stintzi, Susana Rivas, Irene Serrano, Nina V Chichkova, Andrey B Vartapetian, Dana Martínez, Juan J Guiamét, Daniela J Sueldo, Renier A L van der Hoorn, Vicente Ramírez, Pablo Vera
I. II. III. IV. V. References SUMMARY: Subtilases (SBTs) are serine peptidases that are found in all three domains of life. As compared with homologs in other Eucarya, plant SBTs are more closely related to archaeal and bacterial SBTs, with which they share many biochemical and structural features. However, in the course of evolution, functional diversification led to the acquisition of novel, plant-specific functions, resulting in the present-day complexity of the plant SBT family. SBTs are much more numerous in plants than in any other organism, and include enzymes involved in general proteolysis as well as highly specific processing proteases...
May 3, 2017: New Phytologist
José M Torres-Ruiz, Hervé Cochard, Brendan Choat, Steven Jansen, Rosana López, Ivana Tomášková, Carmen M Padilla-Díaz, Eric Badel, Regis Burlett, Andrew King, Nicolas Lenoir, Nicolas K Martin-StPaul, Sylvain Delzon
Xylem vulnerability to embolism represents an essential trait for the evaluation of the impact of hydraulics in plant function and ecology. The standard centrifuge technique is widely used for the construction of vulnerability curves, although its accuracy when applied to species with long vessels remains under debate. We developed a simple diagnostic test to determine whether the open-vessel artefact influences centrifuge estimates of embolism resistance. Xylem samples from three species with differing vessel lengths were exposed to less negative xylem pressures via centrifugation than the minimum pressure the sample had previously experienced...
May 3, 2017: New Phytologist
Bing Wang, Yanfei Sun, Na Song, Mengxin Zhao, Rui Liu, Hao Feng, Xiaojie Wang, Zhensheng Kang
Small RNAs (sRNAs), an important type of pathogenicity factor, contribute to impairing host immune responses. However, little is known about sRNAs in Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), one of the most destructive pathogens of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Here, we report a novel microRNA-like RNA (milRNA) from Pst termed microRNA-like RNA 1 (Pst-milR1), which suppresses wheat defenses during wheat-Pst interactions. We identified Pst-milR1 as a novel milRNA in Pst. Biological prediction and co-transformation showed that Pst-milR1 takes part in cross-kingdom RNA interference (RNAi) events by binding the wheat pathogenesis-related 2 (PR2) gene...
May 2, 2017: New Phytologist
Hongbin Wei, Anja Bausewein, Steffen Greiner, Nicolas Dauchot, Karsten Harms, Thomas Rausch
In Cichorium intybus, inulin metabolism is mediated by fructan-active enzymes (FAZYs): sucrose:sucrose 1-fructosyltransferase (1-SST), fructan:fructan 1-fructosyltransferase (1-FFT), and fructan 1-exohydrolases 1, 2a and 2b (1-FEH1, -2a and -2b), respectively. While these enzymes have been rigorously characterized, the transcriptional network orchestrating their development- and stress-related expression has remained largely unknown. Here, the possible role of R2R3-MYB transcription factors in FAZY regulation was explored via bioinformatic identification of R2R3-MYBs (using an RNA sequencing (RNAseq) database), studies of co-expression of these factors with target genes, in vivo transient transactivation assays of FAZY target promoters (dual luciferase assay), and a yeast one-hybrid assay investigating the specificity of the binding of these factors to cis-elements...
April 28, 2017: New Phytologist
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