Profile – Peter M. Gresshoff


Peter M. Gresshoff

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Emeritus Professor


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Peter Gresshoff obtained a BSc. in Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Alberta (1970), a PhD. in Plant Somatic Cell Genetics from the Australian National University (1973), and a DSc. for Nodulation Genetics from ANU (1989). He was appointed as endowed Racheff Chair of Excellence for Plant Molecular Genetics in 1988 at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, then (1999) Head of Botany, The University of Queensland, then Head of School of Life Sciences. Since 2003, he is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence of Integrative Legume Research (CILR) at UQ, which in 2013 became just the Centre of Integrative Legume Research in SAFS.  Gresshoff is a plant developmental geneticist, using molecular and genetic tools to understand complexities of gene networks during the control of nodule formation in legumes. Recently he also engaged translational biology focusing on sustainable production of biofuel from the legume tree Pongamia.

He is a Fellow of AAAS, Indian NAAS, Russian AAS, and was nominated for the Australian Academy of Science. He was twice awarded the German Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and the Chinese Academy Professorial Fellowship. Professor Gresshoff has published over 370 peer-reviewed papers, edited 10 books, and holds 12 patents. His h-index is 60, with over 16,200 citations.

He became an Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland in April 2016. The overall research direction is being maintained by Dr Brett Ferguson.

Research Areas:

  • Soybean nodulation control

Current N-related Projects:

  • CLE peptide NARK receptor regulation


** designates key publication in nodulation control

**1) Hastwell, A.H., Gresshoff, P.M., and Ferguson, B.J. (2015b) Genome-wide annotation and characterization of CLAVATA/ESR (CLE) peptide hormones of soybean (Glycine max) and common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), and their orthologues of Arabidopsis thaliana. J. exp. Botany doi:10.1093/jxb/erv351.

2) Hastwell, A.H., Gresshoff, P.M., and Ferguson, B.J. (2015a) The structure and activity of nodulation-suppressing CLE peptide hormones of legumes. Funct. Plant Biol.

**3) Wang, Y., Zhang, S., Chen, L., Zou, Y., Liu, H., Li, D., Wang, R., Tian, Y., Zhao, F., Li, K., Ferguson, B.J., Gresshoff, P.M. and Li, X. (2015) MicroRNA miR167 regulates nodulation nitrate sensitivity and inoculation efficiency in soybean. Plant Physiology DOI:10.1104/pp.15.00265

**4) Indrasumunar, A., Wilde, J., Hayashi, S., Li, D., Gresshoff, P.M. (2015) Functional analysis of duplicated Symbiosis Receptor Kinase (SymRK) genes during nodulation and mycorrhizal infection in soybean (Glycine max). Journal of Plant Physiology 176: 157-168.

5) Gresshoff, P.M., Hayashi, S., Biswas, B., Mirzaei, S., Indrasumunar, A., Reid, D.E., van Hameren, B., Hastwell, A.H., Scott, P.T. and Ferguson, B.J. (2015) The value of biodiversity in legume symbiotic nitrogen fixation and nodulation for biofuel and food production. J. Plant Physiol. 172: 128-136.

6) Hayashi, S., Gresshoff, P.M., and Ferguson, B.J. (2014) Mechanistic action of gibberellins in legume nodulation. J. Int. Plant Biol. doi: 10.1111/jipb.12201 (with cover)

7) Ferguson, B.J., Li, D-X., Hastwell, A.H., Reid, D.E., Li, Y., Jackson, S.A., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2014)  The soybean (Glycine max) nodulation-suppressive CLE peptide, GmRIC1, functions interspecifically in common white bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), but not in a supernodulating line mutated in PvNARK. Plant Biotechnology Journal 12: 1085-1097. (with cover)

8) Mirzaei, S., Batley, J., Ferguson, B.J., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2014) Transcriptome profiling of the shoot and root tip of S562L, a soybean GmCLAVATA1A mutant. Atlas Journal of Biology 3: 184-206.

**9) Djordjevic, M.A., Bezos, A., Susanti, Marmuse, L., Driguez, H., Samain, E., Khachigian, L.M., Prado-Lourenco, L., Vauzeilles, B., Beau, J.-M., Kordbacheh, F., Rolfe, B.G., Schwörer, R., Daines, A.M., Gresshoff, P.M. and Parish, C.R. (2014) Plant symbiosis signaling molecules control mammalian angiogenesis. PloS One 9(12): e112635. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112635.

**10) Wang, Y., Wang, L., Zou, Y., Chen, L., Cai, Z., Zhang, S., Zhao, F., Tian, Y., Jiang, Q., Ferguson, B.J., Gresshoff, P.M., and Li, X. (2014) MicroRNA miR172c targeting AP2 transcription factor GmNNC1 regulates nodule initiation by activating ENOD40 in soybean. Plant Cell 26: 4782-4801.

**11) Reid, D.E., Li, D.X., Ferguson, B. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2013) Structure-function analysis of the GmRIC1 signal peptide and CLE domain required for nodulation control in soybean. J. exp. Botany 64: 1575-1585.

**12) Roberts, N.J., Morieri, G., Kalsi, G., Rose, A., Stiller, J., Gresshoff, P.M., Downie, J.A., Oldroyd, G.E.D and Etzler, M.E. (2013) Rhizobial and mycorrhizal symbioses in Lotus japonicus require lectin nucleotide phosphohydrolase, which acts upstream of calcium signaling. Plant Physiology 161: 556-567.

13) Chan, P.K., Biswas, B., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2013) Classical ethylene insensitive mutants of the Arabidopsis EIN2 orthologue lack the expected ‘hypernodulation’ response in Lotus japonicus. J. Integrated Plant Biology 55: 395-408.

14) Hayashi, S., Gresshoff, P.M. and Ferguson, B.J. (2013) Systemic signaling in legume nodulation: Nodule formation and its regulation. Long-Distance Systemic Signaling and Communication in Plants. Springer Verlag 19: 219-229.

15) Lin, M.-H., Gresshoff, P.M., and Ferguson, B.J. (2012) Systemic regulation of soybean nodulation by acidic growth conditions. Plant Physiol. 160: 2028-2039.

**16) Reid, D.E., Hayashi, S., Lorenc, M., Stiller, J., Edwards, D., Gresshoff, P.M., and Ferguson, B.J. (2012) Identification of systemic responses in soybean nodulation by xylem sap feeding and complete transcriptome sequencing reveal a novel component of the autoregulation pathway. Plant Biotechnology Journal 10: 680-689.

**17) Hayashi, S., Reid, D.E., Lorenc, M., Stiller, J., Edwards, D., Gresshoff, P.M. and Ferguson, B.J. (2012) Transient Nod factor-dependent gene expression in the nodulation-competent zone of soybean (Glycine max (L.)) roots. Plant Biotechnology Journal 10: 995-1010.

**18) Indrasumunar, A., Searle, I., Lin, M.-H., Kereszt, A., Men, A., Carroll, B.J. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2010) Limitation of nodule organ number by a nodulation factor receptor kinase in soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.). Plant Journal 65:39-50.

**19) Reid, D.E., Ferguson, B.J. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2011) Inoculation- and nitrate-induced CLE peptides of soybean control NARK-dependent nodule formation. Mol. Plant Microbe Interactions 24: 606-618. (also journal cover).

20) Reid, D.E., Ferguson, B.J., Hayashi, S., Y Lin Y.-H., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2011) Molecular mechanisms controlling legume autoregulation of nodulation. Annals of Botany 108: 789-795.

21) Lin, M.-H., Gresshoff, P.M., Indrasumunar, A., and Ferguson, B.J. (2011) pHairyRed: a novel binary vector containing the DsRed2 reporter gene for visual selection of transgenic hairy roots. Molecular Plant 4:537-545.

22) Lee, W.-K., Jeong, N., Indrasumunar, A., Gresshoff, P.M., and Jeong, S.-C. (2011) Glycine max Rj1 encodes NFR1α and is located in a 1 chromosomal region containing a recombination hotspot. Theor. Appl. Genetics 122:875-884.

**23) Lin, Y.-H., Lin, M.-H., Gresshoff, P.M., and Ferguson, P.J. (2011) An efficient petiole-feeding bioassay for introducing aqueous solutions into dicotyledonous plants. NATURE Protocols 6:36-45. (also journal cover)

24) Han, L., Gresshoff, P.M., Hanan, J. (2011) A functional-structural modelling approach to autoregulation of nodulation. Annals of Botany 107: 855-863.

**25) Indrasumunar, A., Kereszt, A., Miyagi, M., Nguyen, C.D.T., Li, D.-X., Searle, I., Men, A., Carroll, B.J. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2010) Inactivation of duplicated Nod-Factor Receptor 5 (NFR5) genes in recessive loss-of-function non-nodulation mutants of allotetraploid soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.). Plant Cell Physiol. 51:201-214.

**26) Lin, Y.-H., Ferguson, B.J., Kereszt, A. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2010) Suppression of hypernodulation in soybean by a leaf-extracted, NARK- and Nod-factor-dependent small molecular fraction. New Phytologist 185: 1074-1086.

**27) Han, L., Hanan, J. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2010) Computational Complementation: A modelling approach to study signalling mechanisms during legume autoregulation of nodulation.  PLOS Computational Biology 6(2) :e1000685.

28) Sulieman, S., Fischinger, S. A., Gresshoff, P.M., and Schulze, J. (2010) Asparagine as a major factor in the N-feedback regulation of N2 fixation in Medicago truncatula. Physiol. Plant. 140: 21-31.

**29) Ferguson, B.J., Indrasumunar, A, Hayashi, S., Lin, M.-H., Lin, Y.-H., Reid, D.E., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2010) Molecular analysis of legume nodule development and autoregulation. J. Integrative Plant Biology 52: 61-76.

30) Biswas, B., Chan, P.K. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2009) A novel ABA insensitive mutant of Lotus japonicus with a wilty phenotype but unaltered nodulation regulation. Molecular Plant 2: 487-499.

31) Haerizadeh, F., Wong, C.E., Bhalla, P.L., Gresshoff, P.M. and Singh, M. (2009) Genomic expression profiling of mature soybean (Glycine max) pollen. BMC Plant Biology 9:25.

32) Chen, S-K., Kurdyukov., S, Kereszt, A., Wang, X-D., Gresshoff, P.M. and Rose, R.J. (2009).The association of homeobox gene expression with stem cell formation and morphogenesis in cultured Medicago truncatula. Planta 230: 827-840.

33) Li, D-X., Kinkema, M. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2009) Autoregulation of Nodulation (AON) in Pisum sativum (pea) involves signaling events associated with both nodule primordia development and nitrogen fixation. J. Plant Physiology 166: 955-967.

**34) Lohar, D., Stiller, J., Kam, J., Stacey, G. and Gresshoff, P.M.  (2009) Ethylene insensitivity conferred by the Arabidopsis Etr1-1 receptor gene alters the nodulation response of transgenic Lotus japonicus. Annals of Botany 104: 277-285.

**35) Miyahara, A., Hirani, T. A., Oakes, M., Kereszt, A., Kobe, B., Djordjevic, M.A. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2008) Soybean nodule autoregulation receptor kinase interacts with two kinase-associated protein phosphatases in vitro. J. Biol. Chem. 283: 25381-25391.

**36) Kinkema, M., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2008) Identification of downstream signals for the soybean autoregulation of nodulation receptor kinase GmNARK. Mol. Plant Microbe Interactions 10:1337-1348.

37) Hayashi, S., Gresshoff, P.M., and Kinkema, M. (2008) Molecular analysis of lipoxygenases associated with nodule development in soybean. Mol. Plant Microbe Interactions 21: 843-853.

38) Beveridge, C.A., Mathesius, U., Rose, R., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2007) Common threads of meristem development and homeostasis: branching, nodules and lateral roots. Curr. Opin. Plant Biology 10: 44-51.

**39) Kereszt, A., Li, D.X., Indrasumunar, A., Nyugen, C., Nontachaiyapoom, S., and Gresshoff, P.M (2007) Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation of soybean to study root biology. NATURE Protocols 2: 948-952.

**40) Nontahaiyapoom, S., Scott, P.T., Men, A.E., Kinkema, M., Schenk, P.M., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2007) Promoters of orthologous Glycine max and Lotus japonicus nodulation autoregulation genes interchangeably drive phloem-specific expression in transgenic plants. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 20:769-780.

**41) Bassam, B.J. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2007) Silver staining DNA in polyacrylamide gels. NATURE Protocols 2: 2649-2654. (also journal cover).

42) Buzas, D.M. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2007) Short and long distance control of root development by LjHAR1 during the juvenile stage of Lotus japonicus. J. Plant Physiology 164: 452-459.

43) Hoffmann, D., Jiang, J., Men, A., Kinkema, M., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2007) Nodulation deficiency caused by fast neutron mutagenesis of the model legume Lotus japonicus. J. Plant Physiol. 164: 460-469.

**44) Estrada-Navarrete, G., Alvarado-Affantranger, X., Olivares, J-E., Guillén, G. Díaz-Camino, C., Campos, F., Quinto, C. Gresshoff, P.M., and Sanchez, F. (2007). Fast, efficient and reproducible genetic transformation of Phaseolus spp. by Agrobacterium rhizogenes. NATURE Protocols 2:1819–1824.

**45) Meixner, C., Vegvari, G., Ludwig-Müller, J., Gagnon, H., Steinkellner, S., Staehelin, C., Gresshoff, P.M., and Vierheilig, H. (2007) Two defined alleles of the LRR receptor kinase GmNARK in supernodulating soybean govern differing autoregulation of mycorrhization. Physiol. Plantarum 130: 261-270.

46) Turakulov, R., Nontachaiyapoom, S., Mitchelson, K.R., Gresshoff, P.M. and Men, A. E. (2007) Rapid determination of absolute mRNA amounts at attomole levels of nearly identical plant genes with high-throughput mass spectrometry. Plant & Cell Physiology 48: 1379-1384.

**47) Djordjevic, M.A., Oakes, M, Li, D.-X., Hwang, C.-H., Hocart, C.H., and Gresshoff P.M. (2007) The Glycine max xylem sap and apoplast proteome. J. Proteome Research 6: 3771-3779.

48) Estrada-Navarrete, G., Alvarado-Affantranger, X., Olivares, J.-E., Díaz, C., Santana, O., Murillo, E., Guillén, G., Sánchez-Guevara, N., Acosta, J., Quinto,C., Li, D.-X., Gresshoff, P.M. and Sánchez, F. (2006) Agrobacterium rhizogenes-transformation of the genus Phaseolus: the tool for functional genomics is available. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 19:1385-1393.

**49) Kinkema, M., Scott, P. and Gresshoff, P.M. (2006) Legume nodulation: successful symbiosis through short and long-distance signalling. Funct. Plant Biol. 33: 770-785. (also journal cover).

**50) Buzas, D.M., Lohar, D., Sato, S., Nakamura, Y., Tabata, S., Vickers, C.E., Stiller, J., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2005). Promoter trapping in Lotus japonicus reveals novel root and nodule gene expression domains. Plant & Cell Physiology 46:1202-1212.

**51) Meixner, C., Ludwig-Müller, J. Miersch, O., Gresshoff, P.M., Staehelin, C., and Vierheilig, H. (2005) Lack of mycorrhizal autoregulation and phytohormonal changes in the supernodulating soybean mutant nts1007. Planta 222: 709-715.

**52) Searle, I.R., Men, A.M., Laniya, T.S., Buzas, D.M., Iturbe-Ormaetxe, I., Carroll, B.J., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2003) Long distance signalling for nodulation requires a CLAVATA1-like receptor kinase. Science 299:108-112.

53) Beveridge, C.A., Gresshoff, P.M., Rameau, C., and Turnbull, C.G.N. (2003) Many more signals needed to orchestrate development. J. Plant Growth Regulators 22: 15-24.

54) Matamoros, M., Clemente, M.R., Sato, S., Asamizu, E., Tabata, S., Ramos, J., Moran, J.F., Stiller, J., Gresshoff, P.M., and Becana, M. (2003) Molecular analysis of the pathway for the synthesis of thiol tripeptides in the model legume Lotus japonicus.  Mol. Plant Microbe Interactions 16:1039-1046.

**55) Searle, I.R., Men, A.M., Laniya, T.S., Buzas, D.M., Iturbe-Ormaetxe, I., Carroll, B.J., and Gresshoff, P.M. (2002) Long distance signalling for nodulation requires a CLAVATA1-like receptor kinase. (first published on line, 31. Oct. 2002. 10.1126/science.1077937). (see 2003 hard copy; Searle et al, 2003).