Entries by Marco Giovannetti

LPCAT1 controls phosphate homeostasis in a zinc-dependent manner (eLIFE)

Phosphate availability is one of the main limiting factors for plant growth. Similarly, zinc deficiency represents a threat for agriculture and children nutrition and there is a complex interaction between phosphate and zinc nutrition. Kisko et al. investigate the interaction of phosphate and zinc nutrition by using a panel of 223 Arabidopsis accessions and quantifying […]

A NIN-LIKE PROTEIN mediates nitrate-induced control of root nodule symbiosis in Lotus japonicus

Legumes form root endosymbioses with Rhizobium bacteria in a special structure called nodule. In this symbiotic relationship, on one hand the plant provides the microbe with sugars and in exchange it receives fixed atmospheric nitrogen, the main limiting element for plant growth. Nevertheless, when nitrogen is abundant, at the concentration of 10-50 mM, the plant […]

Review: Strigolactones and symbiosis across the kingdoms (plants, fungi, and bacteria) (J. Experimental Botany)

Strigolactones (SLs) are plant hormones with pivotal roles in plant growth. Being conserved among all plant species, they’ve been recruited by plant-associated microbes as plant-derived molecules allowing microbes to detect plants, exchange signals and establish interactions with them. In this review, Lanfranco et al. guide us along a trip following SLs in the plant, fungal […]

Genome-wide identification of Medicago peptides involved in macronutrient responses and nodulation

Plants are highly plastic and can modulate their growth and development to better respond to abiotic and biotic surroundings. Among the molecules involved in the adaptation to the environment, a crucial role is played by small secreted peptides (SSPs). In their paper, integrating 144 transcriptomic experiments, de Bang and colleagues were able to reannotate the […]

The Medicago truncatula GRAS protein RAD1 supports arbuscular mycorrhiza symbiosis and Phytophthora palmivora susceptibility

Within the same species, plant responses to pathogens vary depending on the plant genotype. The correlation between phenotypic and genetic variation is a great resource for finding genes involved in plant-pathogen interactions.  By using a set of natural accessions of Medicago truncatula (HapMap population) and by quantifying their susceptibility to an oomycete (Phytophtora palmivora), Rey […]

The AraGWAS Catalog: a curated and standardized Arabidopsis thaliana GWAS catalog

AraGWAS (aragwas.1001genomes.org) is a new useful tool developed within the 1001 Genome project that fully integrates and complements GWAP, EasyGWAS, AraPheno and AraGeno. With the availability of the 1001 genomes of Arabidopsis, the number of association studies is dramatically increasing but a way to browse, compare and understand possible connections among them was missing. In […]