PLANT BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY / Crop Improvement
Cell-cell signaling and bacterial communities in plant associated Bacteria. Bacteria, Quorum sensing, Endophytes, LuxR solos, Pseudomonas
Description of Research
The main interest of the laboratory is cell-cell communication in plant-associated bacteria using rice as out model plant. The focus for many years has been on the N-acyl homoserine lactone quorum sensing system of Gram-negative bacteria. Questions that we are addressing on this quorum sensing system are (i) the role of cell-cell signaling in forming and stabilizing bacterial plant communities, (ii) how these regulatory systems are regulated in the plant environment and (ii) the role of LuxR solos in cell-cell communication.
Recently we have also developed an interest in how plant microbiomes form and how they are affected upon the arrival of bacterial pathogens. We are using two rice diseases as models; rice sheath brown rot caused by Pseudomonas fuscovaginae and rice foot rot caused by Dickeya zeae. Interests are whether bacterial pathogens significantly affect microbiomes at the infection sites and if interspecies or interkingodm interactions takes place among microbial members of the microbiota.
We are also using the plant microbiome for the isolation and identification of beneficial bacterial endophytes. Endophytes are harmless or beneficial microorganisms that live inside plants. Endophytes which display the trait of plant growth promotion are being studied for their potential use as bioinoculants/biofertilizers. In this aspect we are collaboration with the private sector via our initiative called Strains4Plants.
Rice sheath rot in Burundi
Bertani, I., Zampieri, E., Bez, C., Volante, A., Venturi, V., & Monaco, S. (2021). Isolation and Characterization of Pseudomonas chlororaphis Strain ST9; Rhizomicrobiota and in Planta Studies. Plants (Basel, Switzerland), 10(7), 1466.
Bez, C., Covaceuzach, S., Bertani, I., Choudhary, K. S., & Venturi, V. (2021). LuxR Solos from Environmental Fluorescent Pseudomonads. mSphere, 6(2), e01322-20.
Bez, C., Esposito, A., Thuy, H. D., Nguyen Hong, M., Valè, G., Licastro, D., Bertani, I., Piazza, S., & Venturi, V. (2021). The rice foot rot pathogen Dickeya zeae alters the in-field plant microbiome. Environmental microbiology, 10.1111/1462-2920.15726. Advance online publication.
Mosquito, S., Bertani, I., Licastro, D., Compant, S., Myers, M. P., Hinarejos, E., Levy, A., & Venturi, V. (2020). In Planta Colonization and Role of T6SS in Two Rice Kosakonia Endophytes. Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI, 33(2), 349–363.
Mosquito, S., Meng, X., Devescovi, G., Bertani, I., Geller, A. M., Levy, A., Myers, M. P., Bez, C., Covaceuszach, S., & Venturi, V. (2020). LuxR Solos in the Plant Endophyte Kosakonia sp. Strain KO348. Applied and environmental microbiology, 86(13), e00622-20.
Venturi, V., & Bez, C. (2021). A call to arms for cell-cell interactions between bacteria in the plant microbiome. Trends in plant science, S1360-1385(21)00180-1. Advance online publication.