Articles by Hajeewaka C. Mendis in JoVE
Single-plant, Sterile Microcosms for Nodulation and Growth of the Legume Plant Medicago truncatula with the Rhizobial Symbiont Sinorhizobium meliloti Kathryn M. Jones1, Hajeewaka C. Mendis*1, Clothilde Queiroux*1 1Department of Biological Science, Florida State University Growth of Medicago truncatula plants in symbiosis with the nitrogen-fixing bacteria Sinorhizobium meliloti in individual, sterile microcosms made from standard laboratory plates permits frequent examination of root systems and nodules without compromising sterility. Plants can be maintained in these growth chambers for up to 9 weeks.
Other articles by Hajeewaka C. Mendis on PubMed
The Succinoglycan Endoglycanase Encoded by ExoK is Required for Efficient Symbiosis of Sinorhizobium Meliloti 1021 with the Host Plants Medicago Truncatula and Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions : MPMI. Sep, 2013 | Pubmed ID: 23656330 The acidic polysaccharide succinoglycan produced by the nitrogen-fixing rhizobial symbiont Sinorhizobium meliloti 1021 is required for this bacterium to invade the host plant Medicago truncatula and to efficiently invade the host plant M. sativa (alfalfa). The Î²-glucanase enzyme encoded by exoK has previously been demonstrated to cleave succinoglycan and participate in producing the low molecular weight form of this polysaccharide. Here, we show that exoK is required for efficient S. meliloti invasion of both M. truncatula and alfalfa. Deletion mutants of exoK have a substantial reduction in symbiotic productivity on both of these plant hosts. Insertion mutants of exoK have an even less productive symbiosis than the deletion mutants with the host M. truncatula that is caused by a secondary effect of the insertion itself, and may be due to a polar effect on the expression of the downstream exoLAMON genes.