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DOI 10.1016/j.ppees.2016.02.003
Title (Primary) Endogenous rhythmic growth, a trait suitable for the study of interplays between multitrophic interactions and tree development
Author Herrmann, S.; Grams, T.E.E.; Tarkka, M.T.; Angay, O.; Bacht, M.; Bönn, M.; Feldhahn, L.; Graf, M.; Kurth, F.; Maboreke, H.; Mailander, S.; Recht, S.; Fleischmann, F.; Ruess, L.; Schädler, M.; Scheu, S.; Schrey, S.; Buscot, F.
Source Titel Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
Year 2016
Department BZF; BOOEK; iDiv
Volume 19
Page From 40
Page To 48
Language englisch
Keywords TrophinOak; Quercus robur; Below- and aboveground trophic interactions; RNA-Seq; Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes; Ectomycorrhizal
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Abstract As long-lived organisms, trees use resources to support both growth and below- and aboveground trophic interactions. Resources fluctuate in relation to periods of growth cease that are regulated by internal and external factors, and these fluctuations feed backs to trophic partners. Some major forest trees display an endogenous growth rhythm, and related pulses of variation in allocation of resources have been detected. As this trait makes it possible to separate growth into defined phases, it offers an opportunity to disentangle the intermingled complex regulation of growth and multitrophic interactions in trees. We present “TrophinOak”, a platform using microcuttings of pedunculated oak, a tree that displays endogenous rhythmic growth characterized by alternating shoot and root growth flushes. We select seven beneficial or detrimental above- and belowground partners including animals (Lymantria dispar, Pratylenchus penetrans, Protaphorura armata), fungi (Piloderma croceum, Microsphaera alphitoides, Phytophthora quercina) and bacteria (Streptomyces sp.), to synthesize bi- and tripartite trophic interactions, including ectomycorrhizal symbioses, and monitor fluctuations of carbon and nitrogen allocation as well as plant gene expression at distinct phases of oak growth. We use this model to identify and resolve the experimental challenges inherent in synthesizing diverse types of associations in a common microcosm system, in labeling plants with stable N and C isotopes and in analyzing transcripts in a non-model plant, a process which requires generating a specific contig library. We develop hypotheses and experimental design to test them in order to identify core mechanisms that help trees to modulate their own development and their multitrophic interactions for optimizing their long term performance in their environment. First results constitute a proof of concept that the platform works and enables us to test the hypotheses.
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Herrmann, S., Grams, T.E.E., Tarkka, M.T., Angay, O., Bacht, M., Bönn, M., Feldhahn, L., Graf, M., Kurth, F., Maboreke, H., Mailander, S., Recht, S., Fleischmann, F., Ruess, L., Schädler, M., Scheu, S., Schrey, S., Buscot, F. (2016):
Endogenous rhythmic growth, a trait suitable for the study of interplays between multitrophic interactions and tree development
Perspect. Plant Ecol. Evol. Syst. 19 , 40 - 48 10.1016/j.ppees.2016.02.003