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Josiane Fukami, Francisco Javier Ollero, Manuel Megías, Mariangela Hungria
Azospirillum spp. are plant-growth-promoting bacteria used worldwide as inoculants for a variety of crops. Among the beneficial mechanisms associated with Azospirillum inoculation, emphasis has been given to the biological nitrogen fixation process and to the synthesis of phytohormones. In Brazil, the application of inoculants containing A. brasilense strains Ab-V5 and Ab-V6 to cereals is exponentially growing and in this study we investigated the effects of maize inoculation with these two strains applied on seeds or by leaf spray at the V2...
December 2017: AMB Express
Yunting Lei, Qing Liu, Christian Hettenhausen, Guoyan Cao, Qing Tan, Weiye Zhao, Honghui Lin, Jianqiang Wu
In nature, plants are often exposed to multiple stress factors at the same time. Yet, little is known about how plants modulate their physiology to counteract simultaneous abiotic and biotic stresses, such as soil salinity and insect herbivory. In this study, insect performance bioassays, phytohormone measurements, quantification of transcripts, and protein determination were employed to study the phenotypic variations of two alfalfa (Medicago sativa) cultivars in response to insect Spodoptera litura feeding under normal and salt stress condition...
2017: PloS One
Rahul Roy, Anthony J Schmitt, Jason B Thomas, Clay J Carter
Plants attract mutualistic animals by offering a reward of nectar. Specifically, floral nectar (FN) is produced to attract pollinators, whereas extrafloral nectar (EFN) mediates indirect defenses through the attraction of mutualist predatory insects to limit herbivory. Nearly 90% of all plant species, including 75% of domesticated crops, benefit from animal-mediated pollination, which is largely facilitated by FN. Moreover, EFN represents one of the few defense mechanisms for which stable effects on plant health and fitness have been demonstrated in multiple systems, and thus plays a crucial role in the resistance phenotype of plants producing it...
September 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Chloé Béziat, Elke Barbez, Mugurel I Feraru, Doris Lucyshyn, Jürgen Kleine-Vehn
The phytohormone auxin induces or represses growth depending on its concentration and the underlying tissue type. However, it remains unknown how auxin signalling is modulated to allow tissues transiting between repression and promotion of growth. Here, we used apical hook development as a model for growth transitions in plants. A PIN-FORMED (PIN)-dependent intercellular auxin transport module defines an auxin maximum that is causal for growth repression during the formation of the apical hook. Our data illustrate that growth transition for apical hook opening is largely independent of this PIN module, but requires the PIN-LIKES (PILS) putative auxin carriers at the endoplasmic reticulum...
July 17, 2017: Nature Plants
Shouan Liu, Jörg Ziegler, Jürgen Zeier, Rainer P Birkenbihl, Imre E Somssich
The large WRKY transcription factor family is mainly involved in regulating plant immune responses. Arabidopsis WRKY33 is a key transcriptional regulator of hormonal and metabolic processes toward B. cinerea strain 2100 infection, and is essential for resistance. In contrast to B. cinerea strain 2100, the strain B05.10 is virulent on WT Col-0 Arabidopsis plants highlighting the genetic diversity within this pathogen species. We analyzed how early WRKY33-dependent responses are affected upon infection with strain B05...
July 14, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
Yasuhiro Ishiga, Mutsumi Watanabe, Takako Ishiga, Takayuki Tohge, Takakazu Matsuura, Yoko Ikeda, Rainer Hofgen, Alisdair R Fernie, Kirankumar S Mysore
Chloroplasts have a crucial role in plant immunity against pathogens. Increasing evidence suggests that phytopathogens target chloroplast homeostasis as a pathogenicity mechanism. In order to regulate the performance of chloroplasts under stress conditions, chloroplasts produce retrograde signals to alter nuclear gene expression. Many signals for the chloroplast retrograde pathway have been identified including chlorophyll intermediates, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and metabolic retrograde signals. Although there is reasonably a good understanding of chloroplast retrograde signaling in plant immunity, some signals are not well understood...
July 13, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
Ngoc Quy Nguyen, Ok Ran Lee
BACKGROUND: Glycosylation of natural compounds increases the diversity of secondary metabolites. Glycosylation steps are implicated not only in plant growth and development, but also in plant defense responses. Although the activities of uridine-dependent glycosyltransferases (UGTs) have long been recognized, and genes encoding them in several higher plants have been identified, the specific functions of UGTs in planta remain largely unknown. METHODS: Spatial and temporal patterns of gene expression were analyzed by quantitative reverse transcription (qRT)-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and GUS histochemical assay...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
Ulrich Kutschera, Karl J Niklas
Experimental work has shown that Boron (i.e., Boric acid, B) is an essential and multifunctional microelement for vascular plant development. In addition to its other functions, which include xylem development and lignin biosynthesis, we now know that B is involved in phytohormone-signaling and influences the mechanical properties of intercellular pectins. From these data, we conclude that B played an important role during the evolutionary development of lignified tissues, and that it may have been involved in the evolution of vascular plant roots, as hypothesized by D...
July 10, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Liu Wang, Ruirui Zhao, Yanyan Zheng, Lin Chen, Rui Li, Junfei Ma, Xiaofeng Hong, Peihua Ma, Jiping Sheng, Lin Shen
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) acts as a signaling molecule in response to cold stress. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and C-repeat/dehydration-responsive factor (CBF) play important roles in cold response regulation. To investigate the roles of MAPKs and CBF in H2O2-induced chilling tolerance, tomato (Solanum lycopersicum cv. Ailsa Craig) plants were treated with 1 mM H2O2 before chilling treatment. The results showed that H2O2 treatment protected subcellular structure, increased concentrations of abscisic acid (ABA), zeatin riboside (ZR) and methyl jasmonate (MeJA), but decreased the concentration of gibberellic acid (GA3)...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Sang Yoon Kim, Hajin Song, Mee Kyung Sang, Hang-Yeon Weon, Jaekyeong Song
The bacterial strain Bacillus velezensis GH1-13, isolated from rice paddy soil in Korea, has been shown to promote plant growth and have strong antagonistic activities against pathogens. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of GH1-13, revealing that it possesses a single 4,071,980-bp circular chromosome with 46.2% GC-content. The chromosome encodes 3,930 genes, and we have also identified a unique plasmid in the strain that encodes a further 104 genes (71,628bp and 31.7% GC-content). The genome was found to contain various enzyme-encoding operons, including indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) biosynthesis proteins, 2,3-butanediol dehydrogenase, various non-ribosomal peptide synthetases, and several polyketide synthases...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
Eloy Caballo-Ponce, Jesús Murillo, Marta Martínez-Gil, Alba Moreno-Pérez, Adrián Pintado, Cayo Ramos
The study of the molecular basis of tree diseases is lately receiving a renewed attention, especially with the emerging perception that pathogens require specific pathogenicity and virulence factors to successfully colonize woody hosts. Pathosystems involving woody plants are notoriously difficult to study, although the use of model bacterial strains together with genetically homogeneous micropropagated plant material is providing a significant impetus to our understanding of the molecular determinants leading to disease...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Agnieszka Bielach, Monika Hrtyan, Vanesa B Tognetti
Plant growth and development are critically influenced by unpredictable abiotic factors. To survive fluctuating changes in their environments, plants have had to develop robust adaptive mechanisms. The dynamic and complementary actions of the auxin and cytokinin pathways regulate a plethora of developmental processes, and their ability to crosstalk makes them ideal candidates for mediating stress-adaptation responses. Other crucial signaling molecules responsible for the tremendous plasticity observed in plant morphology and in response to abiotic stress are reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Lorenzo Cotrozzi, Elisa Pellegrini, Lucia Guidi, Marco Landi, Giacomo Lorenzini, Rossano Massai, Damiano Remorini, Mariagrazia Tonelli, Alice Trivellini, Paolo Vernieri, Cristina Nali
Understanding the interactions between drought and acute ozone (O3) stress in terms of signaling molecules and cell death would improve the predictions of plant responses to climate change. The aim was to investigate whether drought stress influences the responses of plants to acute episodes of O3 exposure. In this study, the behavior of 84 Mediterranean evergreen Quercus ilex plants was evaluated in terms of cross-talk responses among signaling molecules. Half of the sample was subjected to drought (20% of the effective daily evapotranspiration, for 15 days) and was later exposed to an acute O3 exposure (200 nL L(-1) for 5 h)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Yan O Zubo, Ivory Clabaugh Blakley, Maria V Yamburenko, Jennifer M Worthen, Ian H Street, José M Franco-Zorrilla, Wenjing Zhang, Kristine Hill, Tracy Raines, Roberto Solano, Joseph J Kieber, Ann E Loraine, G Eric Schaller
The plant hormone cytokinin affects a diverse array of growth and development processes and responses to the environment. How a signaling molecule mediates such a diverse array of outputs and how these response pathways are integrated with other inputs remain fundamental questions in plant biology. To this end, we characterized the transcriptional network initiated by the type-B ARABIDOPSIS RESPONSE REGULATORs (ARRs) that mediate the cytokinin primary response, making use of chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq), protein-binding microarrays, and transcriptomic approaches...
July 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Peng He, Peng Zhao, Limin Wang, Yuzhou Zhang, Xiaosi Wang, Hui Xiao, Jianing Yu, Guanghui Xiao
BACKGROUND: Cell elongation and expansion are significant contributors to plant growth and morphogenesis, and are often regulated by environmental cues and endogenous hormones. Auxin is one of the most important phytohormones involved in the regulation of plant growth and development and plays key roles in plant cell expansion and elongation. Cotton fiber cells are a model system for studying cell elongation due to their large size. Cotton is also the world's most utilized crop for the production of natural fibers for textile and garment industries, and targeted expression of the IAA biosynthetic gene iaaM increased cotton fiber initiation...
July 3, 2017: BMC Genomics
Heike M Müller, Nadine Schäfer, Hubert Bauer, Dietmar Geiger, Silke Lautner, Jörg Fromm, Markus Riederer, Amauri Bueno, Thomas Nussbaumer, Klaus Mayer, Saleh A Alquraishi, Ahmed H Alfarhan, Erwin Neher, Khaled A S Al-Rasheid, Peter Ache, Rainer Hedrich
Date palm Phoenix dactylifera is a desert crop well adapted to survive and produce fruits under extreme drought and heat. How are palms under such harsh environmental conditions able to limit transpirational water loss? Here, we analysed the cuticular waxes, stomata structure and function, and molecular biology of guard cells from P. dactylifera. To understand the stomatal response to the water stress phytohormone of the desert plant, we cloned the major elements necessary for guard cell fast abscisic acid (ABA) signalling and reconstituted this ABA signalosome in Xenopus oocytes...
July 3, 2017: New Phytologist
Kailin Jiao, Jingyu Chang, Xianhai Zeng, I-Son Ng, Zongyuan Xiao, Yong Sun, Xing Tang, Lu Lin
BACKGROUND: The microalga Porphyridium purpureum within Rhodophyta abundantly produces several valuable proteins, polysaccharides, pigments and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid; it is especially effective in accumulating arachidonic acid (ARA). However, this high ARA yield is always achieved in conditions unfavourable for cell growth. In this study, we present a method for obtaining desirable ARA levels from P. purpureum while simultaneously promoting cell growth using appropriate concentrations of the growth hormone 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA)...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Huan Liu, Haixia Zhao, Longhua Wu, Wenzhong Xu
The present study demonstrates the development of an Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation method for species of the Sedum genus, which includes the Cd/Zn hyperaccumulator Sedum plumbizincicola and the non-hyperaccumulating ecotype of S. alfredii. Multiple shoots were induced from stem nodes of two Sedum plants using Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium containing 0.1 mg/L cytokinin 6-benzyladenine (6-BA) and 1.0 mg/L auxin 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA). The shoot primordia were used as direct targets for Agrobacterium infection...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Alejandro de la Torre-González, Eloy Navarro-León, Alfonso Albacete, Begoña Blasco, Juan M Ruiz
Climatic change, intensive agriculture, and worsening water quality induce abiotic stress conditions for plants. Among these factors, salinity stress is a limit factor for plant growth. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to analyze the phytohormones role and oxidative metabolism in response to salt stress of two genotypes of tomato cv. Grand Brix and cv. Marmande RAF, the crops were carried out in a growth chamber. Salinity stress reduces biomass and relative growth rate (RGR) in both genotypes, this effect being greater in cv...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Qi-Jun Ma, Mei-Hong Sun, Jing Lu, Ya-Jing Liu, Chun-Xiang You, Yu-Jin Hao
Phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) regulates many important processes in plants. It is a major molecule facilitating signal transduction during the abiotic stress response. In this study, an ABA-inducible transcription factor gene, MdAREB2, was identified in apple. Transgenic analysis was performed to characterize its function in ABA sensitivity. Overexpression of the MdAREB2 gene increased ABA sensitivity in the transgenic apple compared with the WT control. In addition, it was found that the protein MdAREB2 was phosphorylated at a novel site Thr(411) in response to ABA...
July 1, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
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