What is it about?
Plant growth promoting fungi, Serendipita vermifera and S. vermifera subsp. bescii, exhibit growth responses consistent with nutrient scavenging for nitrogen and phosphorus, supporting the hypothesis that these fungi can improve both N and P nutrition of host plants. Large changes in differentially expressed proteins under resource limitation point to large-scale metabolic changes, including large-scale protein remodeling, under resource limitation.
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Why is it important?
Serendipitaceae fungi hold great potential to benefit crop plants yet are vastly understudied. Here we utilized a proteomics approach to compare two strains from North America and Australia. This study for the first time provides novel insight into nutrient acquisition mechanisms employed by these fungi, which will inform our efforts to optimize these symbioses for the improvement of agronomically important crops.
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This page is a summary of: Scavenging organic nitrogen and remodelling lipid metabolism are key survival strategies adopted by the endophytic fungi,
to alleviate nitrogen and phosphorous..., Environmental Microbiology Reports, May 2019, Wiley,
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