Endomycorrhizae and rhizobial Nod factors both require SYM8 to induce the expression of the early nodulin genes PsENOD5 and PsENOD12A

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Summary

We report here that the pea early nodulin genes PsENOD5 and PsENOD12A are induced during the interaction of pea roots and the endomycorrhizal fungus Gigaspora margarita. Using the pea nodulation mutant Sparkle-R25, which is mutated in SYM8, it is shown that SYM8 is essential for the induction of PsENOD5 and PsENOD12Ain pea roots interacting either with Rhizobium or the endomycorrhizal fungus Gigaspora margarita. Our results suggest that mycorrhizal signals activate a signal transduction cascade sharing at least one common step with the Nod factor-activated signal transduction cascade.

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