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BMC Plant Biology

, 5:24

First Online: 16 November 2005Received: 28 July 2005Accepted: 16 November 2005


BackgroundParasitic plants in the Orobanchaceae develop invasive root haustoria upon contact with host roots or root factors. The development of haustoria can be visually monitored and is rapid, highly synchronous, and strongly dependent on host factor exposure; therefore it provides a tractable system for studying chemical communications between roots of different plants.

DescriptionTriphysaria is a facultative parasitic plant that initiates haustorium development within minutes after contact with host plant roots, root exudates, or purified haustorium-inducing phenolics. In order to identify genes associated with host root identification and early haustorium development, we sequenced suppression subtractive libraries SSH enriched for transcripts regulated in Triphysaria roots within five hours of exposure to Arabidopsis roots or the purified haustorium-inducing factor 2,6 dimethoxybenzoquinone. The sequences of over nine thousand ESTs from three SSH libraries and their subsequent assemblies are available at the Pscroph database The web site also provides BLAST functions and allows keyword searches of functional annotations.

ConclusionLibraries prepared from Triphysaria roots treated with host roots or haustorium inducing factors were enriched for transcripts predicted to function in stress responses, electron transport or protein metabolism. In addition to parasitic plant investigations, the Pscroph database provides a useful resource for investigations in rhizosphere interactions, chemical signaling between organisms, and plant development and evolution.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2229-5-24 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Manuel J Torres - Alexey A Tomilov - Natalya Tomilova - Russell L Reagan - John I Yoder


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