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Molecular interactions in the rhizosphere of maize


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The rhizosphere is the narrow region of soil surrounding plant roots. Roots extract nutrients and water from their soil environment and secrete exudates to the rhizosphere. The community of microorganisms in the rhizosphere and roots contributes to plant growth and health by resource capturing, suppression of pathogens and by enhancing disease resistance. We perform cell type-specific transcriptome and microbiome analyses assisted by laser capture microdissection (LCM) to understand the influence of root hairs and lateral roots in different soil textures on plant-microbe interaction in maize.


Collection of transcriptomic data generated within the research focus on rhizosphere biology:

RNA-Seq data of axial and lateral root types of the maize genotype Zhengdan958 in response to different soil phosphate conditions and associated fungal ITS sequencing data: NCBI Bioproject accession PRJNA357710; Yu et al. 2018 PubMed

Plant RNA-Seq data of...

  • ... crown roots of 72 maize inbred lines of the U.S. Ames panel grown in soil under nitrogen deprivation
  • ... rum1, lrt1, rth6 and their corresponding wild type
    and associated rhizosphere bacterial 16S, fungal ITS and shotgun metagenomic sequencing data: NCBI Bioproject accession PRJNA626602; Yu et al. 2021 PubMed