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Development of new cellular tools to analyze the symbiotic nitrogen fixing interaction in vivo (Symbiose Team)

The team focus on improving our knowledge of plant/nitrogen-fixing bacteria (Rhizobium) by studying the role of the cellular redox state during the...
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Identification and characterization of H2O2 and NO-regulated genes in the rhizobial symbiosis (SYMBIOSE Team)

Using the Medicago truncatula/Sinorhizobium meliloti interaction as symbiotic model, the research conducted aims at deciphering the role of the...
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Host Induced Gene Silencing - HIGS (IPO Team)

Host Induced Gene Silencing (HIGS): a promising approach to control fungal pathogens (IPO Team) (collaboration with the University of Giessen,...
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Corruption of phytohormone signaling favors oomycete diseases (IPO Team)

Oomycete plant pathogens have evolved RXLR* effectors to thwart plant defense mechanisms and invade host tissues. We analysed the function of one of...
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The root-knot nematode calreticulin is a key effector in plant defense suppression (IPN/IPO Team)

Root-knot nematodes (RKN) are obligate biotrophic parasites that settle close to the vascular tissues in roots, where they induce the differentiation...
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Expression of cell cycle inhibitor proteins controls root-knot nematode-induced gall size and nematode reproduction (IPN team)

Plant-parasitic nematodes are known worldwide for their ability to infect a wide range of cultivated plant species and it is estimated that they...
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Targets against plant-parasitic worms without risk for the environment (IPN Team)

Root-knot nematodes are globally the most aggressive and damaging plant-parasitic nematodes.
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A PCR-based method for estimating parasitism rates in the olive fly parasitoids Psyttalia concolor and P. lounsburyi (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) (ESIM Team)

Parasitoids of the genus Psyttalia have been repeatedly introduced as biological control agents against the principal pest of olive, Bactrocera...
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Variability of venom components in immune suppressive parasitoid wasps: From a phylogenetic to a population approach (ESIM Team)

Endoparasitoid wasps develop at the expense of other insects, leading to their death.
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Extensive inter- and intraspecific venom variation in closely related parasites targeting the same host: The case of Leptopilina parasitoids of Drosophila (ESIM Team)

Little is known regarding the diversity of virulence factors in closely related parasites or the mechanisms underlying the variation of virulence.
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