Paper has been selected as Editor’s Pick by Phytopathology
Phytopathology Editor’s Pick: Imaging of Nematode Development and Plant–Nematode Interactions Dinh et al. report a technological advance in nondestructive imaging of endoparasitic plant nematodes. The authors used the lipid analog PKH26—a lipophilic fluorescent dye—to label root-lesion, sugar beet cyst, and root-knot nematodes. Each nematode’s interactions with roots of Arabidopsis thaliana (grown in microscopy rhizosphere chambers) were studied using confocal microscopy for up to 27 days after inoculation, covering the parasite’s entire life cycle. The authors present stunning micrographs of each nematode pathosystem and propose that their new technique could significantly advance fundamental studies of plant–nematode interactions. Phuong Dinh is a plant pathology graduate student in Dr. Axel Elling’s lab.