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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 seeks 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

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Recent publications

  • Jayaraman D, Valdés-López O, Kaspar CW, Ané JM. Response of Medicago truncatula seedlings to colonization by Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli O157:H7. PLoS ONE (in press).
  • Crook M, Mitra S, Ané JM, Sadowsky MJ, Prasad G. The Complete Genome Sequence of the Sesbania Symbiont and Rice Growth Promoting Endophyte Rhizobium sp. Strain IRBG74. Genome Announcements 1(6)e00934-13, 2013.
  • Delaux PM, Séjalon-Delmas N, Bécard G, Ané JM. Evolution of the plant – microbe symbiotic “toolkit”. Trends in Plants Sciences, 18(6), 298-304, 2013.
  • Ye VH, Gemperline E, Venkateshwaran M, Chen R, Delaux PM, Howes-Podoll M, Ané JM, Li L. MALDI mass spectrometry (MS)-assisted molecular imaging of metabolites during nitrogen fixation in the Medicago truncatulaSinorhizobium meliloti symbiosis. The Plant Journal, 75(1) 130-145, 2013.
  • Venkateshwaran M, Volkening JD, Sussman MR, Ané JM. Symbiosis and the Social Network of Higher Plants. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 16(1), 118-127, 2013.
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