Submitted to: Trifolium Conference Abstract & Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 15, 2006
Publication Date: July 16, 2006
Citation: Skantar, A.M. 2006. Use of medicago truncatula to model the interaction between plant-parasitic nematodes and legumes. Trifolium Conference Abstract & Proceedings.
We are using Medicago truncatula as a model plant for examination of the interaction between plant-parasitic nematodes and legumes. One objective of this work is to identify and characterize genes from the plant that are involved in the host response to nematodes or in host resistance. Using bioinformatics, we have identified candidate genes from cDNA library BNIR and other Medicago sequences. We have also characterized a number of genes involved in plant-parasitic nematode development, hatching, and sterol metabolism. We are developing molecular tools to introduce inhibitory RNA (RNAi) of plant or nematode genes into Medicago in order to further characterize their roles in nematode parasitism of legumes.