Doctor Krista Plett

Doctor Krista Plett

Visiting Fellow - Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment,
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment



  • Phd Queen's University (Canada)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment


Phone: (02) 4570 1883
Location: L9.1.30

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Journal Articles

  • Stuart, E., Singan, V., Amirebrahimi, M., Na, H., Ng, V., Grigoriev, I., Martin, F., Anderson, I., Plett, J. and Plett, K. (2023), 'Acquisition of host-derived carbon in biomass of the ectomycorrhizal fungus Pisolithus microcarpus is correlated to fungal carbon demand and plant defences', FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol 99, no 5 .
  • Plett, J., Miyauchi, S., Morin, E., Plett, K., Wong-Bajracharya, J., Freitas Pereira, M., Kuo, A., Henrissat, B., Drula, E., Wojtalewicz, D., Riley, R., Pangilinan, J., Andreopoulos, W., LaButti, K., Daum, C., Yoshinaga, Y., Fauchery, L., Ng, V., Lipzen, A., Barry, K., Singan, V., Guo, J., Lebel, T., Dutra Costa, M., Grigoriev, I., Martin, F., Anderson, I. and Kohler, A. (2023), 'Speciation underpinned by unexpected molecular diversity in the mycorrhizal fungal genus Pisolithus', Molecular Biology and Evolution, vol 40, no 3 .
  • Sahu, N., Indic, B., Wong-Bajracharya, J., Merenyi, Z., Ke, H., Ahrendt, S., Monk, T., Kocsube, S., Drula, E., Lipzen, A., Balint, B., Henrissat, B., Andreopoulos, B., Martin, F., Bugge, H., Rigling, D., Ford, K., Foster, G., Pangilinan, J., Papanicolaou, A., Barry, K., LaButti, K., Viragh, M., Koriabine, M., Yan, M., Riley, R., Champramary, S., Plett, K., Grigoriev, I., Tsai, I., Slot, J., Sipos, G., Plett, J., Plett, J. and Nagy, L. (2023), 'Vertical and horizontal gene transfer shaped plant colonization and biomass degradation in the fungal genus Armillaria', Nature Microbiology, vol 8, no 9 , pp 1668 - 1681.
  • Plett, K., Monk, M., Carnegie, A., Powell, J., Green, P. and Plett, J. (2023), 'Reduced growth of Pinus radiata in the presence of the Australian native Allocasuarina nana via direct allelopathy and inhibition of the pine-supporting mycorrhizal community', Applied Soil Ecology, vol 187 .
  • Stuart, E., Monk, M., Green, P., Anderson, I., Carnegie, A., Plett, J. and Plett, K. (2023), '[In Press] Mycocentric fertilisation of ectomycorrhizae-inoculated Pinus radiata during containerised production alters root microbiome and growth outcomes', Australian Forestry, .
  • Plett, K., Wojtalewicz, D., Anderson, I. and Plett, J. (2023), '[In Press] Fungal metabolism and free amino acid content may predict nitrogen transfer to the host plant in the ectomycorrhizal relationship between Pisolithus spp. and Eucalyptus grandis', New Phytologist, .
  • Hill, R., Wong-Bajracharya, J., Anwar, S., Coles, D., Wang, M., Lipzen, A., Ng, V., Grigoriev, I., Martin, F., Anderson, I., Cazzonelli, C., Jeffries, T., Plett, K. and Plett, J. (2022), 'Abscisic acid supports colonization of Eucalyptus grandis roots by the mutualistic ectomycorrhizal fungus Pisolithus microcarpus', New Phytologist, vol 233, no 2 , pp 966 - 982.
  • Wong-Bajracharya , J., Singan, V., Monti, R., Plett, K., Ng, V., Grigoriev, I., Martin, F., Anderson, I. and Plett, J. (2022), 'The ectomycorrhizal fungus Pisolithus microcarpusencodes a microRNA involved in cross-kingdom gene silencing during symbiosis', Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, vol 119, no 3 .
  • Plett, K., Snijders, F., Castaneda-Gomez, L., Wong-Bajracharya, J., Anderson, I., Carrillo, Y. and Plett, J. (2022), 'Nitrogen fertilization differentially affects the symbiotic capacity of two co-occurring ectomycorrhizal species', Environmental Microbiology, vol 24, no 1 , pp 309 - 323.
  • Stuart, E., Stuart, E., Castaneda-Gomez, L., Macdonald, C., Wong, W., Anderson, I., Carrillo, Y., Plett, J. and Plett, K. (2022), 'Species-level identity of Pisolithus influences soil phosphorus availability for host plants and is moderated by nitrogen status, but not CO2', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol 165 .
  • Plett, K., Kohler, A., Lebel, T., Singan, V., Bauer, D., He, G., Ng, V., Grigoriev, I., Martin, F., Plett, J. and Anderson, I. (2021), 'Intra-species genetic variability drives carbon metabolism and symbiotic host interactions in the ectomycorrhizal fungus Pisolithus microcarpus', Environmental Microbiology, vol 23, no 4 , pp 2004 - 2020.
  • Plett, K., Bithell, S., Dando, A. and Plett, J. (2021), 'Chickpea shows genotype-specific nodulation responses across soil nitrogen environment and root disease resistance categories', BMC Plant Biology, vol 21, no 1 .
  • Plett, J., Solomon, J., Snijders, F., Marlow-Conway, J., Plett, K. and Bithell, S. (2021), 'Order of microbial succession affects rhizobia-mediated biocontrol efforts against Phytophthora root rot', Microbiological Research, vol 242 .
  • Plett, K., Buckley, S., Plett, J., Anderson, I., Lundberg-Felten, J. and Jamtgard, S. (2021), 'Novel microdialysis technique reveals a dramatic shift in metabolite secretion during the early stages of the interaction between the ectomycorrhizal fungus pisolithus microcarpus and its host eucalyptus grandis', Microorganisms, vol 9, no 9 .
  • Stuart, E., Stuart, E. and Plett, K. (2020), 'Digging deeper : in search of the mechanisms of carbon and nitrogen exchange in ectomycorrhizal symbioses', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol 10 .
  • Wong, J., Plett, K., Natera, S., Roessner, U., Anderson, I. and Plett, J. (2020), 'Comparative metabolomics implicates threitol as a fungal signal supporting colonization of Armillaria luteobubalina on eucalypt roots', Plant, Cell and Environment, vol 43, no 2 , pp 374 - 386.
  • Plett, K., Singan, V., Wang, M., Ng, V., Grigoriev, I., Martin, F., Plett, J. and Anderson, I. (2020), 'Inorganic nitrogen availability alters Eucalyptus grandis receptivity to the ectomycorrhizal fungus Pisolithus albus but not symbiotic nitrogen transfer', New Phytologist, vol 226, no 1 , pp 221 - 231.
  • Plett, J., Plett, K., Wong-Bajracharya, J., Freitas Pereira, M., Dutra Costa, M., Kohler, A., Martin, F. and Anderson, I. (2020), 'Mycorrhizal effector PaMiSSP10b alters polyamine biosynthesis in Eucalyptus root cells and promotes root colonization', New Phytologist Trust, vol 228, no 2 , pp 712 - 727.
  • Wong-Bajracharya, J., Castaneda-Gomez, L., Plett, K., Anderson, I., Carrillo, Y. and Plett, J. (2020), 'Untangling the effect of roots and mutualistic ectomycorrhizal fungi on soil metabolite profiles under ambient and elevated carbon dioxide', Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol 151 .
  • Plett, K., Raposo, A., Anderson, I., Piller, S. and Plett, J. (2019), 'Protein arginine methyltransferase expression affects ectomycorrhizal symbiosis and the regulation of hormone signaling pathways', Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, vol 32, no 10 , pp 1291 - 1302.
  • Plett, K. (2018), 'Fresh knowledge for an old relationship : new discoveries in molecular mycorrhizal research', New Phytologist, vol 217, no 1 , pp 26 - 28.
  • Plett, K., Raposo, A., Bullivant, S., Anderson, I., Piller, S. and Plett, J. (2017), 'Root morphogenic pathways in Eucalyptus grandis are modified by the activity of protein arginine methyltransferases', BMC Plant Biology, vol 17 .
  • Hortal, S., Plett, K., Plett, J., Cresswell, T., Johansen, M., Pendall, E. and Anderson, I. (2017), 'Role of plant-fungal nutrient trading and host control in determining the competitive success of ectomycorrhizal fungi', The ISME Journal, vol 11, no 12 , pp 2666 - 2676.
  • Plett, J., Plett, K., Bithell, S., Mitchell, C., Moore, K., Powell, J. and Anderson, I. (2016), 'Improved Phytophthora resistance in commercial chickpea (Cicer arietinum) varieties negatively impacts symbiotic gene signalling and symbiotic potential in some varieties', Plant, Cell and Environment, vol 39, no 8 , pp 1858 - 1869.
  • Plett, J., Kohler, A., Khachane, A., Keniry, K., Plett, K., Martin, F. and Anderson, I. (2015), 'The effect of elevated carbon dioxide on the interaction between Eucalyptus grandis and diverse isolates of Pisolithus sp. is associated with a complex shift in the root transcriptome', New Phytologist, vol 206, no 4 , pp 1423 - 1436.
  • Barnes, J., Dreher, M., Plett, K., Brown, R., Crudden, C. and Loock, H. (2008), 'Chemical sensor based on a long-period fibre grating modified by a functionalized polydimethylsiloxane coating', The Analyst, vol 133, no 11 , pp 1541 - 1549.

Conference Papers

  • Barnes, J., Brown, R., Cipot-Wechsler, J., Crudden, C., Du, J., Loock, H. and Plett, K. (2008), 'Long-period gratings in chemical sensing', International Conference on Applications of Photonic Technology, Montreal, Canada.

Current Projects

Title: Microbiome Management: Leveraging advances in microbiome research to deliver cost-effective tools to boost resilience and productivity of pines throughout their production lifecycle
  • Forest and Wood Products Australia
Western Researchers: Jonathan Plett, Ian Anderson, Krista Plett and Jeff Powell
Years: 2022-05-02 - 2027-06-01
ID: P00028027

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