Editors' ChoicePlant-Microbe Interactions

Plants respond to smoke and fungi

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Science Signaling  22 Dec 2015:
Vol. 8, Issue 408, pp. ec384
DOI: 10.1126/scisignal.aaf1074

Plants benefit from widespread symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. This symbiosis between plant and fungus aids plants in capturing mineral and micronutrients from the soil. Gutjahr et al. identified a component of an intracellular receptor, the hydrolase DWARF 14 LIKE, required in rice roots for initiating the symbiosis. A similar receptor detects karrikins in smoke that signal opportunity for fireweed to grow after a forest fire.

C. Gutjahr, E. Gobbato, J. Choi, M. Riemann, M. G. Johnston, W. Summers, S. Carbonnel, C. Mansfield, S.-Y. Yang, M. Nadal, I. Acosta, M. Takano, W.-B. Jiao, K. Schneeberger, K. A. Kelly, U. Paszkowski, Rice perception of symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi requires the karrikin receptor complex. Science 350, 1521–1524 (2015). [Abstract] [Full Text]