Jasmonic acid and ECM symbiosis

Post-doctoral researcher: Yohann Daguerre
Contract period: November 2014 – October 2015

Post-doctoral researcher:  Sebastian Wittulsky
Contract period:  June 2013 – November 2014

Research Topic:  Understanding Signaling Pathways in Ectomycorrhizal Symbiosis

Research team and supervising scientists:
Research team:  Ecogenomics of interactions – UMR 1136 Interactions Arbres/Micro-organismes (IAM) Inra – Université de LorraineU.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Supervisor:  Francis Martin
Co-supervisor:  Claire Veneault-Fourrey


Context  To investigate how fungal effectors modulate plant immunity and/or metabolism to establish mutualistic interaction. Recent studies have shown that mutualistic fungi use secreted proteins called effectors to communicate with their host, similar to plant-pathogenic fungi (Plett et al., 2011; Requena et al., 2011, Zuccaro et al., 2011). Our working model is the interaction between poplar and the ectomycorrhizal fungus Laccaria bicolor.

Objectives  The project will combine different complementary approaches such as plant genetic (poplar transformation), molecular biology and biochemistry.

Methodological approachesIn part, this project will focus on the jasmonic acid-dependent pathway.