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KBC-Days 2009

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The KBC Days 2009 will take place on 16-17 November 2009

All members of the KBC-Departments are welcome to two days of communication, celebration and inspiration. We cordially invite our research partners and friends who like to learn more about our centre.

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Fascination of Plants Day 2017

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PhD student Halftime Seminar - Julie Guerreiro

Wed. 24 Jan, 2024 10:30 - 11:30

UPSC PhD Student Halftime Seminar

10:30 Julie Guerreiro

Title: Characterization of tissue specific molecular signaling pathway controlling plant defense responses

External evaluator: Charles Melnyk, Department of Plant Biology, Uppsala, SLU

Supervisor: Peter Marhavý

UPSC Seminar - Charles Melnyk

Wed. 24 Jan, 2024 14:00 - 15:00
UPSC Seminar

Charles Melnyk, Department of Plant Biology, Uppsala, SLU

Title: The hormonal regulation of parasitic plant infection

Parasitic plants are globally prevalent pathogens that attach to and infect a wide range of plant hosts. Key to their success is the formation of the haustorium that fuses to and invades hosts tissues to connect to the vasculature of often distantly related species. Despite their agricultural impact and ecological importance, we have little understanding of how such haustoria form and successfully infect. Here, I will discuss my group’s efforts to understand the developmental basis of plant parasitism and haustoria formation using the parasitic plant Phtheirospermum japonicum and host Arabidopsis thaliana. I will present our work showing that high nitrogen levels act as an external cue to repress haustoria formation via the hormone ABA. I will also present our recent work looking at the systemic regulation of haustoria formation. There, we have uncovered a mechanism whereby existing haustoria repress the formation of future haustoria. This auto-regulation acts systemically in the parasite and depends on the mobile hormone cytokinin that is locally upregulated in haustoria during infection. Altogether, our research sheds light on the importance of cytokinin and ABA to regulate haustoria numbers according to both local and environmental cues to balance resource acquisition.

Host: Peter Marhavý