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René Geurts

University, Wageningen | Netherlands

EMBO 2024

Engaging plants with nitrogen-fixing rhizobia

Nitrogen-fixing nodule symbiosis with diazotrophic rhizobium bacteria is a well-known trait in legumes and a few plant species in related taxonomic lineages. Transferring this trait to crops is a long-standing objective. My research aims to identify the critical genetic adaptations that enable plants to establish such symbiosis and replicate these events in relevant crop species.

Keywords: nitrogen-fixing nodulation / rhizobium / evolution / signalling / development / crops

Subject area(s): Evolution & Ecology | Plant Biology | Microbiology, Virology & Pathogens