Entries by Toluwase Olukayode

A sensor kinase controls turgor-driven plant infection by the rice blast fungus ($) (Nature)

Magnaporthe oryzae, the causal organism of blast disease in rice and wheat, is the most devasting pathogen in rice production. During infection, it develops a germ tube that forms an infection structure called the appressorium. Through septin-mediated reorganization of the cytoskeleton, a high amount of turgor pressure is generated that allows it to rupture the […]

Two bifunctional inositol pyrophosphate kinases/phosphatases control plant phosphate homeostasis (eLIFE)

Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for plant growth and development. P is predominantly absorbed by plants in its inorganic form, phosphate (Pi). Because Pi homeostasis is critical for balanced growth and development, plants like many other eukaryotic organisms have developed a complex system that enables them to sense, uptake, transport, store and redistribute Pi. […]

Nitrate–NRT1.1B–SPX4 cascade integrates N and P signaling networks (Nature Plants)

Plants need several mineral nutrients for their optimal growth and development. This is contingent on a proper nutrient balance particularly between the two most required essential elements, nitrogen (N) and phosphorus. Even though considerable success has been achieved in understanding the molecular mechanism mediating individual N and P signaling, the direct cross talk between N […]

Post-transcriptional regulation of FLOWERING LOCUS T modulates heat-dependent source-sink development in potato (Curr Biol)

Tuber formation (tuberization) in potatoes is controlled by both endogenous and environmental signals particularly day length and temperature. Long days and high temperature impede tuberization while it is enhanced by short days and low temperature. When conditions are favourable for tuberization, shoot-derived mobile signals are translocated into the root where tuber formation is activated. It […]