Bioimaging and Forward Genetics: Exploring Nod Factor Perception and Nodule Infection in Lotus japonicus

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  • Christina Kalisch, Denmark
During her studies, Christina Kalisch researched the symbiotic interaction between leguminous plants and soil bacteria. Plants of this family are very special in their ability to interact with so-called rhizobia, which fix atmospheric nitrogen and make it available for the plant, thereby decreasing the plant’s need for artificial fertilizers. The plants discriminate carefully between harmful pathogens, which induce a defense reponse, and these beneficial rhizobia, which are allowed to colonize the root tissue. Christina Kalisch studied the perception of bacterial signal molecules by the plant and the process of how the rhizobia enter and colonize the plant roots.

The new research findings contribute to the understanding of how plant receptors interact to recognize the rhizobia, and identified other plant genes required for successful engagement in root symbiosis.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAarhus University, Faculty of Science and Technology
Commissioning bodyGraduate School of Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2014

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