Amanda K. Broz

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Plants are in constant contact with a community of soil biota that contains fungi ranging from pathogenic to symbiotic. A few studies have demonstrated a critical role of chemical communication in establishing highly specialized relationships, but the general role for root exudates in structuring the soil fungal community is poorly described. This study(More)
Interactions between plants and soil microbes are important determinants of both above- and belowground community composition, and ultimately ecosystem function. As exotic plants continue to invade and modify native plant communities, there has been increasing interest in determining the influence of exotic invasives on native soil microbial communities.(More)
Chemical and biological processes dictate an individual organism's ability to recognize and respond to other organisms. A small but growing body of evidence suggests that plants may be capable of recognizing and responding to neighboring plants in a species specific fashion. Here we tested whether or not individuals of the invasive exotic weed, Centaurea(More)
In plants, transitions in mating system from outcrossing to self-fertilization are common; however, the impact of these transitions on interspecific and interpopulation reproductive barriers is not fully understood. We examined the consequences of mating system transition for reproductive barriers in 19 populations of the wild tomato species Solanum(More)
A cDNA clone was selected as a candidate for the catalytic subunit of phospho-pyruvate dehydrogenase phosphatase (PDP) by screening a Zea mays expressed sequence tag database with the bovine PDP deduced amino acid sequence. Both strands of the cDNA were completely sequenced. The maize clone contains an open reading frame of 1098 base pairs that encodes a(More)
Ecological, evolutionary and physiological studies have thus far provided an incomplete picture of why some plants become invasive; therefore we used genomic resources to complement and advance this field. In order to gain insight into the invasive mechanism of Centaurea stoebe we compared plants of three geo-cytotypes, native Eurasian diploids, native(More)
The Arabidopsis thaliana genome includes three genes for mitochondrial dihydrolipoamide acetyltransferase, the E2-component of the mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC). Two genes encode E2-proteins with a single lipoyl domain, while the third has a two-lipoyl domain structure. Transcripts for each E2 protein were expressed in all plant organs.(More)
The economic and biological implications of plant invasion are overwhelming; however, the processes by which plants become successful invaders are not well understood. Limited genetic resources are available for most invasive and weedy species, making it difficult to study molecular and genetic aspects that may be associated with invasion. As an initial(More)
PREMISE OF THE STUDY Interspecific reproductive barriers (IRBs) often prevent hybridization between closely related species in sympatry. In the tomato clade (Solanum section Lycopersicon), interspecific interactions between natural sympatric populations have not been evaluated previously. In this study, we assessed IRBs between members of the tomato clade(More)