Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (28/06/2013 02.36)

Exocytosis and signaling mechanisms involved in symbiotic interface construction in Medicago truncatula and Daucus carota during the development of arbuscular mycorrhizae

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Arbuscular mycorrhizae (AM) improve mineral nutrient acquisition of most crop plants, increasing biomass, and protecting against pathogens and stresses. Understanding the mechanisms that govern plant-fungus interaction in AM is a prerequisite to explain their beneficial effects. One of the most fascinating traits of AM is the accommodation of the fungus inside living plant cells, whose integrity is maintained by the creation of a specialized symbiotic interface where signals and nutrients are exchanged. The research will investigate the presence of exocytotic markers involved in polar growth and cell division as well as putative receptors for fungal signals in the cells that are hosting AM fungal structures such as intracellular hyphae and arbuscules. The approach will cover in vivo cell imaging, gene expression analyses and protein extractions. Our results are expected to raise interest in the wide field of plant-microbe interactions and developmental and evolutionary cell biology.

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Research Fields

Biological sciences

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Eligibility criteria

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Selection process

qualifications and interview (in Turin) - Dates and venues of the interviews are published on the website of the University of Turin at the official notice board ( by the date of the deadline

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageExperienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Employment contract with full social securityyes
Total amount per fellowship per year19800
Covers salaryyes
Covers travel and subsistenceyes
Covers research costsyes
Maximum duration of fellowship14
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Funding organisation / Contacts
Universita' degli Studi di Torino

Public research
Turin - Italy