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2014

Siela Maximova presenting at World Cocoa Summit, Guayaquil , Ecuador
August 27, 2014
Manuscript Publication: Cacao Endophytes
August 26, 2014
It is increasingly recognized that macro-organisms (corals, insects, plants, vertebrates) consist of both host tissues and multiple microbial symbionts that play essential roles in their host's ecological and evolutionary success. Consequently, identifying benefits and costs of symbioses, as well as mechanisms underlying them are research priorities. hus, the benefits of increased pathogen resistance in E+ plants are derived in part from up-regulation of intrinsic host defense responses, and appear to be offset by potential costs including reduced photosynthesis, altered host nitrogen metabolism, and endophyte heterotrophy of host tissues. Similar effects are likely in most plant-endophyte interactions, and should be recognized in the design and interpretation of genetic and phenotypic studies of plants.
New Manuscript: Genome wide gene expression during embryo development in cacao.
July 21, 2014
Genome-wide analysis reveals divergent patterns of gene expression during zygotic and somatic embryo maturation of Theobroma cacao L., the chocolate tree: Siela N Maximova, Sergio Florez, Xiangling Shen, Nicolas Niemenak, Yufan Zhang, Wayne Curtis and Mark J Guiltinan BMC Plant Biology 2014, 14:185 doi:10.1186/1471-2229-14-185
Manuscript Publication: Application of glycerol as a foliar spray activates the defence response and enhances disease resistance of Theobroma cacao
July 9, 2014
Zhang Y, Smith P, Maximova SN, Guiltinan MJ: Application of glycerol as a foliar spray activates the defence response and enhances disease resistance of Theobroma cacao. Molecular Plant Pathology doi:10.1111/mpp.12158 (2014). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mpp.12158/abstract
CRDF Global Names Siela Maximova Inaugural Henrietta H. Fore Women in Science Fellow Fellowship
July 1, 2014
The program seeks to expand opportunities for women scientists around the world to collaborate in science and engineering
World's cocoa crop could get a big boost from a simple, non-toxic spray
July 1, 2014
Huck scientists find Theobroma cacao trees' natural disease defense is bolstered by glycerol foliar treatment
Manuscript Publication: TcLec2: Master Regulator of Embryogenesis in cacao
April 27, 2014
Zhang, Y., Clemens, A., Maximova, S. N. & Guiltinan, M. J. The Theobroma cacao B3 domain transcription factor TcLEC2 plays a duel role in control of embryo development and maturation. BMC Plant Biol 14, 106, doi:10.1186/1471-2229-14-106 (2014).