The role of strigolactones during plant interactions with the pathogenic fungus Fusarium oxysporum

In this paper we investigate the influence of SLs on the hemibiotrophic pathogen Fusariumoxysporum f.sp. pisi both directly via their effects on fungal growth and inside the plant through the use of a mutant deficient in SL

Eloise Foo

2016

Scholarcy highlights

  • Strigolactones play important roles both inside the plant as a hormone and outside the plant as a rhizosphere signal in interactions with mycorrhizal fungi and parasitic weeds
  • Mutant studies revealed no role for SLs but a role for ethylene signalling in defence against this pathogen in pea
  • What is less well understood is any potential role SLs may play in interactions with disease causing microbes such as pathogenic fungi
  • In this paper we investigate the influence of SLs on the hemibiotrophic pathogen Fusariumoxysporum f.sp. pisi both directly via their effects on fungal growth and inside the plant through the use of a mutant deficient in SL
  • We examined the influence of a plant mutant with altered ethylene signalling, ein2, on disease development
  • We found no evidence that SLs influence spore germination or hyphal growth of Fusarium oxysporum and that, while ethylene signalling influences pea susceptibility to this pathogen, SLs do not

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