Plant-biotic interactions

Section edited by John Carr

This section considers studies in the interactions, both beneficial and deleterious , between plants and other organisms including all forms of symbiosis.

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  1. Research article

    Combined biotic stresses trigger similar transcriptomic responses but contrasting resistance against a chewing herbivore in Brassica nigra

    In nature, plants are frequently exposed to simultaneous biotic stresses that activate distinct and often antagonistic defense signaling pathways. How plants integrate this information and whether they priorit...

    Christelle Bonnet, Steve Lassueur, Camille Ponzio, Rieta Gols, Marcel Dicke and Philippe Reymond

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:127

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  2. Research article

    An integrated RNAseq-1H NMR metabolomics approach to understand soybean primary metabolism regulation in response to Rhizoctonia foliar blight disease

    Rhizoctonia solani AG1-IA is a devastating phytopathogen causing Rhizoctonia foliar blight (RFB) of soybean worldwide with yield losses reaching 60%. Plant defense mechanisms are compl...

    Tanya R. Copley, Konstantinos A. Aliferis, Daniel J. Kliebenstein and Suha H. Jabaji

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:84

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  3. Research article

    Functional characterization of cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) Clade V MLO genes

    Powdery mildew (PM) causing fungi are well-known pathogens, infecting over 10.000 plant species, including the economically important crop cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Loss-of-function mutations in clade V MLO ...

    Jeroen A. Berg, Michela Appiano, Gerard Bijsterbosch, Richard G. F. Visser, Henk J. Schouten and Yuling Bai

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:80

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  4. Research article

    Salicylic acid-related cotton (Gossypium arboreum) ribosomal protein GaRPL18 contributes to resistance to Verticillium dahliae

    Verticillium dahliae is a phytopathogenic fungal pathogen that causes vascular wilt diseases responsible for considerable decreases in cotton yields. The complex mechanism underlying c...

    Qian Gong, Zhaoen Yang, Xiaoqian Wang, Hamama Islam Butt, Eryong Chen, Shoupu He, Chaojun Zhang, Xueyan Zhang and Fuguang Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:59

    Published on: 3 March 2017

  5. Research article

    Cultivable gut bacteria provide a pathway for adaptation of Chrysolina herbacea to Mentha aquatica volatiles

    A chemical cross-talk between plants and insects is required in order to achieve a successful co-adaptation. In response to herbivory, plants produce specific compounds, and feeding insects respond adequately7...

    Graziano Pizzolante, Chiara Cordero, Salvatore M. Tredici, Davide Vergara, Paola Pontieri, Luigi Del Giudice, Andrea Capuzzo, Patrizia Rubiolo, Chidananda N. Kanchiswamy, Simon A. Zebelo, Carlo Bicchi, Massimo E. Maffei and Pietro Alifano

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:30

    Published on: 2 March 2017

  6. Research article

    24-epibrassinolide stimulates imidacloprid detoxification by modulating the gene expression of Brassica juncea L

    Pesticides cause oxidative stress to plants and their residues persist in plant parts, which are a major concern for the environment as well as human health. Brassinosteroids (BRs) are known to protect plants ...

    Anket Sharma, Sharad Thakur, Vinod Kumar, Anup Kumar Kesavan, Ashwani Kumar Thukral and Renu Bhardwaj

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:56

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Gene expression and plant hormone levels in two contrasting rice genotypes responding to brown planthopper infestation

    The brown planthopper (BPH; Nilaparvata lugens Stål) is a destructive piercing-sucking insect pest of rice. The plant hormones salicylic acid (SA) and jasmonic acid (JA) play important roles in plant–pest interac...

    Changyan Li, Chao Luo, Zaihui Zhou, Rui Wang, Fei Ling, Langtao Xiao, Yongjun Lin and Hao Chen

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:57

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  8. Methodology article

    Quantitative evaluation of protocorm growth and fungal colonization in Bletilla striata (Orchidaceae) reveals less-productive symbiosis with a non-native symbiotic fungus

    In nature, orchid plants depend completely on symbiotic fungi for their nutrition at the germination and the subsequent seedling (protocorm) stages. However, only limited quantitative methods for evaluating th...

    Tatsuki Yamamoto, Chihiro Miura, Masako Fuji, Shotaro Nagata, Yuria Otani, Takahiro Yagame, Masahide Yamato and Hironori Kaminaka

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:50

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Transcriptional analysis of defense mechanisms in upland tetraploid switchgrass to greenbugs

    Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plan...

    Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A. Palmer, Erin D. Scully, Travis J. Prochaska, Kyle G. Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D. Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E. Sattler and Gautam Sarath

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:46

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  10. Research article

    QTL mapping and candidate genes for resistance to Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin contamination in maize

    Fusarium verticillioides is a common maize pathogen causing ear rot (FER) and contamination of the grains with the fumonisin B1 (FB1) mycotoxin. Resistance to FER and FB1 contamination...

    Valentina Maschietto, Cinzia Colombi, Raul Pirona, Giorgio Pea, Francesco Strozzi, Adriano Marocco, Laura Rossini and Alessandra Lanubile

    BMC Plant Biology 2017 17:20

    Published on: 21 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Combined transcriptome and metabolome analyses to understand the dynamic responses of rice plants to attack by the rice stem borer Chilo suppressalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae)

    Rice (Oryza sativa L.), which is a staple food for more than half of the world’s population, is frequently attacked by herbivorous insects, including the rice stem borer, Chilo suppressalis. C. suppressalis subst...

    Qingsong Liu, Xingyun Wang, Vered Tzin, Jörg Romeis, Yufa Peng and Yunhe Li

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:259

    Published on: 7 December 2016

  12. Research article

    Proteomics analysis reveals novel host molecular mechanisms associated with thermotherapy of ‘Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus’-infected citrus plants

    Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB), which is linked to the bacterial pathogen ‘Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus’ (Las), is the most devastating disease of citrus plants, and longer-term control measures via breeding or genetic...

    Chika C. Nwugo, Melissa S. Doud, Yong-ping Duan and Hong Lin

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:253

    Published on: 14 November 2016

  13. Research article

    Glycan-binding F-box protein from Arabidopsis thaliana protects plants from Pseudomonas syringae infection

    A small group of F-box proteins consisting of a conserved F-box domain linked to a domain homologous to the glycan-binding protein has been identified within the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana. Previously, the so...

    Karolina Stefanowicz, Nausicaä Lannoo, Yafei Zhao, Lore Eggermont, Jonas Van Hove, Bassam Al Atalah and Els J. M. Van Damme

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:213

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  14. Research article

    A novel mutant allele of SSI2 confers a better balance between disease resistance and plant growth inhibition on Arabidopsis thaliana

    Resistance and growth are opposing characteristics in plants. SA INSENSITIVITY OF npr1-5 (SSI2) encodes a stearoyl-ACP desaturase (S-ACP DES) that has previously been reported to simultaneously enhance resistance...

    Wei Yang, Ran Dong, Li Liu, Zhubing Hu, Jing Li, Yong Wang, Xinhua Ding and Zhaohui Chu

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:208

    Published on: 26 September 2016

  15. Research article

    Multi-environment QTL studies suggest a role for cysteine-rich protein kinase genes in quantitative resistance to blackleg disease in Brassica napus

    Resistance to the blackleg disease of Brassica napus (canola/oilseed rape), caused by the hemibiotrophic fungal pathogen Leptosphaeria maculans, is determined by both race-specific resistance (R) genes and quanti...

    Nicholas J. Larkan, Harsh Raman, Derek J. Lydiate, Stephen J. Robinson, Fengqun Yu, Denise M. Barbulescu, Rosy Raman, David J. Luckett, Wayne Burton, Neil Wratten, Philip A. Salisbury, S. Roger Rimmer and M. Hossein Borhan

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:183

    Published on: 24 August 2016

  16. Research article

    Proteomic analysis highlights the role of detoxification pathways in increased tolerance to Huanglongbing disease

    Huanglongbing (HLB) disease is still the greatest threat to citriculture worldwide. Although there is not any resistance source in the Citrus germplasm, a certain level of moderated tolerance is present. A large-...

    Federico Martinelli, Russell L. Reagan, David Dolan, Veronica Fileccia and Abhaya M. Dandekar

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:167

    Published on: 28 July 2016

  17. Research article

    Single and multiple resistance QTL delay symptom appearance and slow down root colonization by Aphanomyces euteiches in pea near isogenic lines

    Understanding the effects of resistance QTL on pathogen development cycle is an important issue for the creation of QTL combination strategies to durably increase disease resistance in plants. The oomycete pat...

    C. Lavaud, M. Baviere, G. Le Roy, M. R. Hervé, A. Moussart, R. Delourme and M-L. Pilet-Nayel

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:166

    Published on: 27 July 2016

  18. Research article

    Comparative proteomic analysis provides novel insight into the interaction between resistant vs susceptible tomato cultivars and TYLCV infection

    Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) is a member of the family Geminiviridae, genus Begomovirus. The virus is a widespread plant virus that causes important economic losses in tomatoes. Genetic engineering strat...

    Ying Huang, Hong-Yu Ma, Wei Huang, Feng Wang, Zhi-Sheng Xu and Ai-Sheng Xiong

    BMC Plant Biology 2016 16:162

    Published on: 19 July 2016

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