Rhizobia can induce nodules in white clover by "hijacking" mature cortical cells activated during lateral root development.

@article{Mathesius2000RhizobiaCI,
  title={Rhizobia can induce nodules in white clover by "hijacking" mature cortical cells activated during lateral root development.},
  author={Ulrike Mathesius and Jeremy J Weinman and Barry G. Rolfe and Michael Anthony Djordjevic},
  journal={Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI},
  year={2000},
  volume={13 2},
  pages={170-82}
}
We examined a range of responses of root cortical cells to Rhizobium sp. inoculation to investigate why rhizobia preferentially nodulate legume roots in the zone of emerging root hairs, but generally fail to nodulate the mature root. We tested whether the inability to form nodules in the mature root is due to a lack of plant flavonoids to induce the bacterial genes required for nodulation or a failure of mature cortical cells to respond to Rhizobium spp. When rhizobia were inoculated in the… CONTINUE READING

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