Correlation Engine 2.0
Clear Search sequence regions

Sizes of these terms reflect their relevance to your search.

Bacterial wilt caused by the soil-borne pathogen Ralstonia solancearum is economically devastating, with no effective methods to fight the disease. This pathogen invades plants through their roots and colonizes their xylem, clogging the vasculature and causing rapid wilting. Key to preventing colonization are the early defense responses triggered in the host's root upon infection, which remain mostly unknown. Here, we have taken advantage of a high-throughput in vitro infection system to screen natural variability associated with the root growth inhibition phenotype caused by R. solanacearum in Arabidopsis during the first hours of infection. To analyze the genetic determinants of this trait, we have performed a genome-wide association study, identifying allelic variation at several loci related to cytokinin metabolism, including genes responsible for biosynthesis and degradation of cytokinin. Further, our data clearly demonstrate that cytokinin signaling is induced early during the infection process and cytokinin contributes to immunity against R. solanacearum. This study highlights a new role for cytokinin in root immunity, paving the way for future research that will help in understanding the mechanisms underpinning root defenses. © The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Experimental Biology.


Alejandro Alonso-Díaz, Santosh B Satbhai, Roger de Pedro-Jové, Hannah M Berry, Christian Göschl, Cristiana T Argueso, Ondrej Novak, Wolfgang Busch, Marc Valls, Núria S Coll. A genome-wide association study reveals cytokinin as a major component in the root defense responses against Ralstonia solanacearum. Journal of experimental botany. 2021 Mar 29;72(7):2727-2740

Expand section icon Mesh Tags

Expand section icon Substances

PMID: 33475698

View Full Text