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Plant-biotic interactions

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. Taxol is an anti-cancer drug harvested from Taxus trees, proposed ecologically to act as a fungicide. Taxus is host to fungal endophytes, defined as organisms that inhabit plants without causing disease. The Taxu...

    Authors: Sameh SM Soliman, Christopher P Trobacher, Rong Tsao, John S Greenwood and Manish N Raizada

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:93

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  2. NAC transcription factors belong to a large family of plant-specific transcription factors with more than 100 family members in monocot and dicot species. To date, the majority of the studied NAC proteins are ...

    Authors: Anna-Maria Voitsik, Steffen Muench, Holger B Deising and Lars M Voll

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:85

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  3. Legumes have the unique capacity to undergo two important root endosymbioses: the root nodule symbiosis and the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Medicago truncatula is widely used to unravel the functions of gen...

    Authors: Emanuel A Devers, Julia Teply, Armin Reinert, Nicole Gaude and Franziska Krajinski

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:82

    Content type: Methodology article

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  4. To survive herbivore attack, plants have evolved potent mechanisms of mechanical or chemical defense that are either constitutively present or inducible after herbivore attack. Due to the costs of defense depl...

    Authors: Melkamu G Woldemariam, Son Truong Dinh, Youngjoo Oh, Emmanuel Gaquerel, Ian T Baldwin and Ivan Galis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:73

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  5. The gene encoding PAD4 (PHYTOALEXIN-DEFICIENT4) is required in Arabidopsis for expression of several genes involved in the defense response to Pseudomonas syringae pv. maculicola. AtPAD4 (Arabidopsis thaliana PAD...

    Authors: Reham M Youssef, Margaret H MacDonald, Eric P Brewer, Gary R Bauchan, Kyung-Hwan Kim and Benjamin F Matthews

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:67

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  6. Pseudomonas syringae pv. tabaci (Pstab) is the causal agent of wildfire disease in tobacco plants. Several pathovars of Pseudomonas syringae produce a phytotoxic extracellular metabolite called coronatine (COR). ...

    Authors: Seonghee Lee, Dong Sik Yang, Srinivasa Rao Uppalapati, Lloyd W Sumner and Kirankumar S Mysore

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:65

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  7. Huanglongbing (HLB) is a highly destructive citrus disease which threatens citrus production worldwide and ‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus’ (Las), a non-culturable phloem-limited bacterium, is an associated ca...

    Authors: Chika C Nwugo, Hong Lin, Yongping Duan and Edwin L Civerolo

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:59

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  8. Cercospora leaf spot disease, caused by the fungus Cercospora beticola, is the most destructive foliar disease of sugar beets (Beta vulgaris) worldwide. Cercosporin, a light-inducible toxin, is essential for necr...

    Authors: Cornelia Staerkel, Marike J Boenisch, Cathrin Kröger, Jörg Bormann, Wilhelm Schäfer and Dietmar Stahl

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:50

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  9. Cyst nematodes invade the roots of their host plants as second stage juveniles and induce a syncytium which is their source of nutrients throughout their life. A transcriptome analysis of syncytia induced by t...

    Authors: Muhammad Amjad Ali, Amjad Abbas, David P Kreil and Holger Bohlmann

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:47

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  10. The protein encoded by GmRLK18-1 (Glyma_18_02680 on chromosome 18) was a receptor like kinase (RLK) encoded within the soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) Rhg1/Rfs2 locus. The locus underlies resistance to the soybean...

    Authors: Ahmed J Afzal, Ali Srour, Abhishek Goil, Sheeja Vasudaven, Tianyun Liu, Ram Samudrala, Navneet Dogra, Punit Kohli, Ayan Malakar and David A Lightfoot

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:43

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  11. Previously, we have reported the ability of thiamine (vitamin B1) to induce resistance against Plasmopara viticola in a susceptible grapevine cv. Chardonnay. However, mechanisms underlying vitamins, especially, t...

    Authors: Hatem Boubakri, Anne Poutaraud, Mohamed Ali Wahab, Celine Clayeux, Raymonde Baltenweck-Guyot, Damien Steyer, Christophe Marcic, Ahmed Mliki and Isabelle Soustre-Gacougnolle

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:31

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  12. Orobanchaceae is the only plant family with members representing the full range of parasitic lifestyles plus a free-living lineage sister to all parasitic lineages, Lindenbergia. A generalist member of this famil...

    Authors: Loren A Honaas, Eric K Wafula, Zhenzhen Yang, Joshua P Der, Norman J Wickett, Naomi S Altman, Christopher G Taylor, John I Yoder, Michael P Timko, James H Westwood and Claude W dePamphilis

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:9

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  13. RNA silencing affects a broad range of regulatory processes in all eukaryotes ranging from chromatin structure maintenance to transcriptional and translational regulation and longevity of the mRNAs. Particular...

    Authors: Balaji Jada, Arto J Soitamo and Kirsi Lehto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2013 13:8

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  14. The symbiotic interaction between leguminous plants and rhizobia involves two processes: bacterial infection, resulting in the penetration of bacteria in epidermal and cortical cells, and root nodule organogen...

    Authors: Youry Pii, Barbara Molesini, Simona Masiero and Tiziana Pandolfini

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:233

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  15. Plants are sessile and therefore have to perceive and adjust to changes in their environment. The presence of neighbours leads to a competitive situation where resources and space will be limited. Complex adap...

    Authors: Frédéric G Masclaux, Friederike Bruessow, Fabian Schweizer, Caroline Gouhier-Darimont, Laurent Keller and Philippe Reymond

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:227

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  16. Mechanisms involved in the biological control of plant diseases are varied and complex. Hormones, including the auxin indole acetic acid (IAA) and abscisic acid (ABA), are essential regulators of a multitude o...

    Authors: Carloalberto Petti, Kathrin Reiber, Shahin S Ali, Margaret Berney and Fiona M Doohan

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:224

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  17. Wound-inducible Pin-II Proteinase inhibitors (PIs) are one of the important plant serine PIs which have been studied extensively for their structural and functional diversity and relevance in plant defense aga...

    Authors: Manasi Mishra, Neha Mahajan, Vaijayanti A Tamhane, Mahesh J Kulkarni, Ian T Baldwin, Vidya S Gupta and Ashok P Giri

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:217

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  18. Induced defense responses to herbivores are generally believed to have evolved as cost-saving strategies that defer the fitness costs of defense metabolism until these defenses are needed. The fitness costs of...

    Authors: Stefan Meldau, Lynn Ullman-Zeunert, Geetha Govind, Stefan Bartram and Ian T Baldwin

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:213

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  19. Plant microRNAs (miRNAs) play key roles in the transcriptional responses to environmental stresses. However, the role of miRNAs in responses to insect herbivory has not been thoroughly explored. To identify he...

    Authors: Tohir A Bozorov, Ian T Baldwin and Sang-Gyu Kim

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:209

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  20. RNA-silencing is a conserved gene regulation and surveillance machinery, which in plants, is also used as major defence mechanism against viruses. Various virus-specific dsRNA structures are recognized by the ...

    Authors: Arto J Soitamo, Balaji Jada and Kirsi Lehto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:204

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  21. NPR1 is a gene of Arabidopsis thaliana required for the perception of salicylic acid. This perception triggers a defense response and negatively regulates the perception of jasmonates. Surprisingly, the applicati...

    Authors: Juan Vicente Canet, Albor Dobón, Jana Fajmonová and Pablo Tornero

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:199

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  22. Arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) are widespread symbioses that provide great advantages to the plant, improving its nutritional status and allowing the fungus to complete its life cycle. Nevertheless, molecular mec...

    Authors: Marco Giovannetti, Raffaella Balestrini, Veronica Volpe, Mike Guether, Daniel Straub, Alex Costa, Uwe Ludewig and Paola Bonfante

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:186

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  23. The establishment of compatibility between plants and pathogens requires compliance with various conditions, such as recognition of the right host, suppression of defence mechanisms, and maintenance of an envi...

    Authors: Georgina Fabro and María Elena Alvarez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:143

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  24. Jasmonic acid (JA) is a well-characterized signaling molecule in plant defense responses. However, its relationships with other signal molecules in secondary metabolite production induced by endophytic fungus ...

    Authors: Cheng-Gang Ren and Chuan-Chao Dai

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:128

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  25. Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) is a rich source of natural phytochemicals. We performed massive parallel sequencing of mRNA to identify differentially expressed genes after sorghum BTx623 had been infected w...

    Authors: Hiroshi Mizuno, Hiroyuki Kawahigashi, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Hiroyuki Kanamori, Jun Ogata, Hiroshi Minami, Takeshi Itoh and Takashi Matsumoto

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:121

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  26. NB-LRR resistance proteins are involved in recognizing pathogens and other exogenous stressors in plants. Resistance proteins are the first step in induced defence responses and a better understanding of their...

    Authors: Carl Gunnar Fossdal, Nadeem Yaqoob, Paal Krokene, Harald Kvaalen, Halvor Solheim and Igor A Yakovlev

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:105

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  27. The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is an evolutionarily ancient mechanism of signal transduction found in eukaryotic cells. In plants, MAPK cascades are associated with responses to various ab...

    Authors: Masayoshi Hashimoto, Ken Komatsu, Kensaku Maejima, Yukari Okano, Takuya Shiraishi, Kazuya Ishikawa, Yusuke Takinami, Yasuyuki Yamaji and Shigetou Namba

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:103

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  28. microRNAs (miRNAs) are short RNA molecules that control gene expression by silencing complementary mRNA. They play a crucial role in stress response in plants, including biotic stress. Some miRNAs are known to...

    Authors: Álvaro L Pérez-Quintero, Andrés Quintero, Oscar Urrego, Pablo Vanegas and Camilo López

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:29

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  29. Plant growth is greatly affected by low temperatures, and the expression of a number of genes is induced by cold stress. Although many genes in the cold signaling pathway have been identified in Arabidopsis, litt...

    Authors: Xiao-Ming Feng, Qiang Zhao, Ling-Ling Zhao, Yu Qiao, Xing-Bin Xie, Hui-Feng Li, Yu-Xin Yao, Chun-Xiang You and Yu-Jin Hao

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:22

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  30. Pine wilt disease is caused by the pine wood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, which threatens pine forests and forest ecosystems worldwide and causes serious economic losses. In the 40 years since the pathog...

    Authors: Tomonori Hirao, Eitaro Fukatsu and Atsushi Watanabe

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2012 12:13

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  31. Avocado (Persea americana) belongs to the Lauraceae family and is an important commercial fruit crop in over 50 countries. The most serious pathogen affecting avocado production is Phytophthora cinnamomi which ca...

    Authors: Waheed Mahomed and Noëlani van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:167

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  32. Rice Xa3/Xa26 disease-resistance gene encodes a leucine-rich repeat (LRR) receptor kinase-type protein against Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) and belongs to a multigene family. However, the functions of most...

    Authors: Haitao Zhang, Yinglong Cao, Jing Zhao, Xianghua Li, Jinghua Xiao and Shiping Wang

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:160

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  33. Citrus canker disease caused by the bacterial pathogen Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc) has become endemic in areas where high temperature, rain, humidity, and windy conditions provide a favourable environmen...

    Authors: Abeer A Khalaf, Frederick G Gmitter Jr, Ana Conesa, Joaquin Dopazo and Gloria A Moore

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:159

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  34. Norway spruce [Picea abies (L.) Karst.] is one of the most important conifer species in Europe. The wood is economically important and infections by wood-rotting fungi cause substantial losses to the industry.

    Authors: Marie Danielsson, Karl Lundén, Malin Elfstrand, Jiang Hu, Tao Zhao, Jenny Arnerup, Katarina Ihrmark, Gunilla Swedjemark, Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson and Jan Stenlid

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:154

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  35. The fungal pathogen Setosphaeria turcica causes turcicum or northern leaf blight disease on maize, sorghum and related grasses. A prevalent foliar disease found worldwide where the two host crops, maize and sorgh...

    Authors: Tom Martin, Moses Biruma, Ingela Fridborg, Patrick Okori and Christina Dixelius

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:151

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  36. Leaf rust, which is caused by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix (Pucciniales), is a devastating disease that affects coffee plants (Coffea arabica L.). Disadvantages that are associated with currently developed phyto...

    Authors: Jean-Luc Cacas, Anne-Sophie Petitot, Louis Bernier, Joan Estevan, Geneviève Conejero, Sébastien Mongrand and Diana Fernandez

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:144

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  37. The cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is an important food crop, but highly susceptible to many pathogens. The major threat to potato production is the Irish famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans, which c...

    Authors: Vivianne GAA Vleeshouwers, Richard Finkers, Dirk Budding, Marcel Visser, Mirjam MJ Jacobs, Ralph van Berloo, Mathieu Pel, Nicolas Champouret, Erin Bakker, Pavel Krenek, Hendrik Rietman, DirkJan Huigen, Roel Hoekstra, Aska Goverse, Ben Vosman, Evert Jacobsen…

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:116

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  38. Downy mildew, caused by the oomycete Plasmopara viticola, is a serious disease in Vitis vinifera, the most commonly cultivated grapevine species. Several wild Vitis species have instead been found to be resistant...

    Authors: Giulia Malacarne, Urska Vrhovsek, Luca Zulini, Alessandro Cestaro, Marco Stefanini, Fulvio Mattivi, Massimo Delledonne, Riccardo Velasco and Claudio Moser

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:114

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  39. Fusarium species cause Fusarium head blight (FHB) and other important diseases of cereals. The causal agents produce trichothecene mycotoxins such as deoxynivalenol (DON). The dicotyledonous model species Arabido...

    Authors: Antoine Peraldi, Giovanni Beccari, Andrew Steed and Paul Nicholson

    Citation: BMC Plant Biology 2011 11:100

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