Our short open-access paper ‘The jasmonate receptor COI1 is required for AtPep1-induced immune responses in Arabidopsis thaliana’ is now published in BMC Research Notes. This work stemmed from a curious observation made by first author Danalyn Holmes during her Honours thesis project. While performing other experiments that required use of the jasmonate receptor mutant coi1-16 as a control genotype, she was surprised to find that coi1-16 was specifically compromised in AtPep1-, but not flg22- or elf18-, triggered immune responses. Dependence of AtPep1-mediated signaling on jasmonate perception has been observed previously; her observations build on and corroborate these previous findings.
Danalyn had already moved to Germany to start her PhD when the article was accepted, so second author Lauren Grubb popped the champagne and we celebrated at the Grad Club via Skype. Congrats!