León Francisco Ruíz-Herrera

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Plants interact with root microbes via chemical signaling, which modulates competence or symbiosis. Although several volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from fungi may affect plant growth and development, the signal transduction pathways mediating VOC sensing are not fully understood. 6-pentyl-2H-pyran-2-one (6-PP) is a major VOC biosynthesized by Trichoderma(More)
Root system architecture is a major determinant of water and nutrient acquisition as well as stress tolerance in plants. The Mediator complex is a conserved multiprotein complex that acts as a universal adaptor between transcription factors and the RNA polymerase II. In this article, we characterize possible roles of the MEDIATOR8 (MED8) and MED25 subunits(More)
Pyocyanin acts as a virulence factor in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a plant and animal pathogen. In this study, we evaluated the effect of pyocyanin on growth and development of Arabidopsis seedlings. Root inoculation with P. aeruginosa PAO1 strain inhibited primary root growth in wild-type (WT) Arabidopsis seedlings. In contrast, single lasI- and double(More)
Morphological root plasticity optimizes nutrient and water uptake by plants and is a promising target to improve tolerance to metal toxicity. Exposure to sublethal chromate [Cr(VI)] concentrations inhibits root growth, decreases photosynthesis and compromises plant development and productivity. Despite the increasing environmental problem that Cr(VI)(More)
The aims of this work were to investigate the aluminum (Al) and phosphate (P) interactions in the regulation of root system architecture of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings and the contribution of auxin signaling in primary and lateral root growth in response to Al toxicity. Detailed analyses of root system architecture and cell division were performed in(More)
The aim of this work was to investigate the effects of rare earth elements lanthanum (La3+) and gadolinium (Gd3+) on root system architecture and interactions with low phosphate signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana. Detailed analysis of root system architecture was performed in Arabidopsis WT seedlings and in low phosphorus insensitive mutants lpi1-3 and(More)
Soil contamination by hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI) or chromate] due to anthropogenic activities has become an increasingly important environmental problem. To date few studies have been performed to elucidate the signaling networks involved on adaptive responses to (CrVI) toxicity in plants. In this work, we report that depending upon its concentration,(More)
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) is a bioactive indoleamine with neurotransmitter function in vertebrates, which represents an emerging signaling molecule in plants, playing key roles in the development and defense. In this study, the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and jasmonic acid (JA)-ethylene (Et) signaling in root developmental alterations(More)
Transcriptional regulation of gene expression influences plant growth, environmental interactions and plant-plant communication. Here, we report that population density is a key factor for plant productivity and a major root architectural determinant in Arabidopsis thaliana. When grown in soil at varied densities from 1 to 32 plants, high number of(More)
Plants adapt to challenging growth conditions, such as the scarcity of nutrients or exposure to toxic metals, via changes in root system architecture. Chromium (Cr) is a non-essential element that when supplied in sublethal concentrations inhibits primary root growth through decreasing meristematic activity and affects photosynthesis. Here, we show that(More)