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Welcome to the Ané lab!

Understanding how symbiotic (beneficial) associations between plants and microbes develop is an important biological question that is particularly relevant in modern agriculture and economy.

Our laboratory is part of the Department of Bacteriology and the Department of Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. We seek to understand and manipulate the molecular mechanism controlling symbiotic associations between plants and microbes.

We transfer information gained from model plants such as Medicago truncatula to crops such as soybean, rice and corn in order to take full advantage of the fantastic opportunities offered by these beneficial associations to our agriculture.

Our goal is to use microbes better to maintain the sustainability of our agriculture by protecting the environment over the long term and reducing costs for food, feed and biofuel production. 

We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot  -  Leonardo da Vinci

Upcoming events!
  • 8th International Symbiosis Society Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, July 12-18, 2015.
  • Eighth International Conference on Mycorrhiza (ICOM8), Northern Arizona University, August 37, 2015.
  • 2nd international Molecular Mycorrhizal Meeting (iMMM) at Downing College in Cambridge, UK, 3-4 September 2015.
  • International Nitrogen Fixation conference in Asilomar CA, October 4-9, 2015.
  • 3rd Workshop on the Genetics of Maize-Microbe Interactions in Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas,  March 30 April 1, 2016.
  • Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions conference XVII at Oregon State University, Portland, USA. July 17-21, 2016.

Recent publications

  • Venkateshwaran M, Jayaraman D, Chabaud M, Genre A, Balloon AJ, Maeda J, Forshey K, Den Os D, Kwiecien NW, Coon JJ, Barker DG, Ané JM. A role for the mevalonate pathway in early plant symbiotic signaling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (in press).
  • Nguyen TT, Volkening JD, Rose CM, Venkateshwaran M, Westphall MS, Coon JJ, Ané JM, and Sussman MR Potential regulatory phosphorylation sites in a Medicago truncatula plasma membrane proton pump implicated during early symbiotic signaling in roots. FEBS Letters (in press).
  • Garcia K, Delaux PM, Cope K, Ané JM. Molecular signals required for the establishment and maintenance of ectomycorrhizal symbioses. New Phytologist (in press).
  • Knack JJ, Wilcox LW, Delaux PM, Ané JM, Piotrowski MJ, Cook ME, Graham JM, Graham LE. Microbiomes of Streptophyte Algae and Bryophytes Suggest that a Functional Suite of Microbiota Fostered Plant Colonization of Land. International Journal of Plant Sciences (in press).
  • Sun J, Miller JB, Granqvist E, Wiley-Kalil A, Gobbato E, Maillet F, Cottaz S, Samain E, Venkateshwaran M, Fort S, Morris RJ, Ané JM, Dénarié J, Oldroyd GED. Activation of symbiosis signalling by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in legumes and rice. The Plant Cell (in press).
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