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 Lorraine, U.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 approaches – In part, this project will focus on the jasmonic acid-dependent pathway.