Biological implications of genetics variation in rice for mycorrhizal colonisation.
We have demonstrated repeatable and substantial differences in the colonisation of rice cultivars by the model arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungus Rizophagus irregularis and mapped quantitative trait loci for the variation. Now we want to know, “so what?”. There are many questions to ask. For example; does colonisation with other mycorrhiza follow the same distribution? does the impact of the AM differ between high colonisers and low colonisers in terms of nutrient acquisition and protection against pathogens? do CRISPR knockout lines for candidate genes differ in colonisation and growth under nutrient limited conditions?
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