Biological Sciences

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Monday Seminar Series - "Plant lipids and the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis"

Dr Peter Eastmond - Plant Sciences, Rothamsted Research

30th November 2020 at 12:00pm [Download iCalendar / .ics file]

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Most plants can form a symbiotic association with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. In this association the plants receive mineral nutrients absorbed by the fungal mycelium that permeates the soil and in return the plants provide the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi with their only source of organic carbon. This transfer of carbon was first demonstrated ~50 years ago, and until recently it was thought that the bulk of the carbon was supplied as sugars. However, arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi are oleaginous organisms and my group (and others) have uncovered a plant metabolic pathway that supplies arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi with lipids that are essential to sustain their growth and reproduction (doi: 10.1126/science.aan0081). I will describe our past and current work regarding the discovery and characterisation of this pathway.This session will be recorded and uploaded to Media Hopper Replay channel SBS Seminars

Host Lucas Frungillo

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