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Chemical communication in the rhizosphere of plants

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "CHEMCOMRHIZO" data sheet

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Organization address
address: SPUI 21
postcode: 1012WX

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 2˙498˙673 €
 EC max contribution 2˙498˙673 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-12-01   to  2021-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 2˙420˙490.00
2    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 78˙183.00


 Project objective

Plants secrete metabolites to communicate with other organisms in their rhizosphere. An exciting example of rhizosphere signalling molecules are the strigolactones. These are used by the friends of plants, the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, for host detection but also by their enemies, root parasitic plants. Furthermore, they have an endogenous signalling function, as a plant hormone that regulates shoot branching and root architecture. I postulate that this dual positive and negative signalling role of the strigolactones is the result of a paradigm: enemies of plants recruit molecules that are essential to the plant as cues. This paradigm has two important implications: 1) other plant-produced signalling molecules known to be abused by plant enemies likely have another, beneficial essential function in plants and 2) the involvement of multiple, positive and negative, biological functions exerts a selective pressure on these signalling molecules that results in the evolution of diversity in structure and biological specificity. In the project proposed here I will address implication 1) using an innovative approach in a new area by setting out to discover a new signalling role for plant parasitic cyst nematode hatching stimulants and I will investigate implication 2) by studying how biological specificity in strigolactones and hatching stimulants is mediated by the creation of structural diversity and the concomitant changes in perception, in parasitic plants and nematodes. This work will shed light on the significance of structural diversity in signalling molecules and the co-evolution of perception and may result in the discovery of a new class of signalling molecules in plants. It will also provide the fundamental knowledge enabling biotechnological and agronomical applications to optimise colonisation by AM fungi and plant development, and control parasitation by root parasitic plants and cyst nematodes.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Harro J. Bouwmeester, Raymonde Fonne‐Pfister, Claudio Screpanti, Alain De Mesmaeker
Strigolactone: Pflanzenhormone mit vielversprechenden Eigenschaften
published pages: 12909-12917, ISSN: 0044-8249, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201901626
Angewandte Chemie 131/37 2020-03-20
2019 Alessandra Guerrieri, Lemeng Dong, Harro J Bouwmeester
Role and exploitation of underground chemical signaling in plants
published pages: , ISSN: 1526-498X, DOI: 10.1002/ps.5507
Pest Management Science 2020-03-20
2019 Harro Bouwmeester, Robert C. Schuurink, Petra M. Bleeker, Florian Schiestl
The role of volatiles in plant communication
published pages: , ISSN: 0960-7412, DOI: 10.1111/tpj.14496
The Plant Journal 2020-03-20
2019 Harro J. Bouwmeester, Raymonde Fonne-Pfister, Claudio Screpanti, Alain De Mesmaeker
Strigolactones: Plant Hormones with Promising Features
published pages: 12778-12786, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201901626
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58/37 2020-03-20
2019 Lena M. Müller, Kristyna Flokova, Elise Schnabel, Xuepeng Sun, Zhangjun Fei, Julia Frugoli, Harro J. Bouwmeester, Maria J. Harrison
A CLE–SUNN module regulates strigolactone content and fungal colonization in arbuscular mycorrhiza
published pages: 933-939, ISSN: 2055-0278, DOI: 10.1038/s41477-019-0501-1
Nature Plants 5/9 2020-03-20
2018 Yanting Wang, Harro J Bouwmeester
Structural diversity in the strigolactones
published pages: 2219-2230, ISSN: 0022-0957, DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ery091
Journal of Experimental Botany 69/9 2020-03-20
2018 Nasreldin Mohemed, Tatsiana Charnikhova, Emilie F Fradin, Juriaan Rienstra, Abdelgabar G T Babiker, Harro J Bouwmeester
Genetic variation in Sorghum bicolor strigolactones and their role in resistance against Striga hermonthica
published pages: 2415-2430, ISSN: 0022-0957, DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ery041
Journal of Experimental Botany 69/9 2020-03-20
2018 Hongwen Wang, Wanxin Chen, Kai Eggert, Tatsiana Charnikhova, Harro Bouwmeester, Patrick Schweizer, Mohammad R Hajirezaei, Christiane Seiler, Nese Sreenivasulu, Nicolaus von Wirén, Markus Kuhlmann
Abscisic acid influences tillering by modulation of strigolactones in barley
published pages: 3883-3898, ISSN: 0022-0957, DOI: 10.1093/jxb/ery200
Journal of Experimental Botany 69/16 2020-03-20

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