Plant Signaling during Legume-Rhizobia Symbiosis

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2023) | Viewed by 177

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School of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, WI 53818, USA
Interests: plant–microbe symbiotic signaling; plant defense signaling; rhizosphere microbiome; plant disease management
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Dear Colleagues,

I would like to cordially invite you to contribute research/review articles pertaining to legume–rhizobia symbiotic signaling.

As you are aware, legumes have the unique ability to establish a mutualistic association with rhizobia, which results in the formation of root nodules in which atmospheric nitrogen is reduced into assimilable forms and supplied to host plants. A high level of species specificity exists in rhizobia–legume interactions, which are initiated by signal exchanges between the two partners. The infection process and the development of root nodules require a set of highly coordinated events at the root epidermal and cortical cells. However, non-legumes (with a few exceptions) lack the ability to associate with diazotrophs in order to meet their nitrogen demands. While the most efficient processes for biological nitrogen fixation occur in symbioses between nitrogen-fixing rhizobial bacteria and plants in the Leguminosae family, less efficient yet simpler processes have arisen in plant evolution that may serve as tractable candidates to contemporary bioengineering. These more straightforward symbioses have the potential to be developed as new model systems by utilizing recent advancements in the fields of ‘omics’. Over the past two decades, elegant genetic, genomic and biochemical studies have been conducted on legume nodulation to decipher the intricacies of this unique plant–microbe association.

This Special Issue intends to highlight the recent progress in the elucidation of legume–rhizobia symbiotic signaling during the recognition of microbial symbionts, rhizobial infection, nodule organogenesis, biological nitrogen fixation, nitrogen assimilation and nodule senescence. We particularly encourage the submission of manuscripts that reflect studies on the utilization of biochemical, genetic, pharmacological and genomic approaches in order to further our knowledge in legume–rhizobia symbiosis, as well as reviews that discuss the scope of transferring the legume–rhizobia symbiotic signaling process to non-legumes. All forms of articles, original research, opinions, and reviews that provide new insights into legume–rhizobia symbiosis are welcome.

Dr. Muthu Venkateshwaran
Guest Editor

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  • symbiosis
  • legume nodulation
  • biological nitrogen fixation
  • symbiotic signaling
  • calcium signaling
  • calcium spiking

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