ILRG publications


  1. Zhang M, Chu X, Su H, Hastwell A, Gresshoff PM, Ferguson BJ (2018) Advances in understanding of soybean plant physiology and growth. In: Achieving sustainable cultivation of soybeans. Nguyen HT (ed.) Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Sawston, Cambridge, UK, Volume 1, pp 3-22.
  2. Syed-Ab-Rahman SF, Xiao Y, Carvalhais LC, Ferguson BJ, Schenk PM (2018) Suppression of Phytophthora capsici infection and promotion of tomato growth by soil bacteria. Rhizosphere, accepted, Nov 30, 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.rhisph.2018.11.007.
  3. Chan C-K, Rosic N, Lorenc M, Visendi P, Lin M-H, Kaniewska P, Ferguson BJ, Gresshoff P, Batley J, Edwards D (2018) A differential k-mer analysis pipeline for comparing RNA-Seq transcriptome and meta-transcriptome datasets without a reference. Functional and Integrative Genomics, accepted, Nov 11, 2018, doi: 10.1007/s10142-018-0647-3
  4. Foyer CH, Siddique KHM, Tai APK, Anders S, Fodor N, Wong F-L, Ludidi NN, Chapman MA, Ferguson BJ, Considine MJ, Zabel F, Prasad V, Varshney RK, Nguyen H, Lam H-M (2018) Modelling predicts that soybean is poised to dominate crop production across Africa. Plant Cell & Environment, accepted, Oct 23, 2018, DOI: 10.1111/pce.13466.
  5. Mens C, Li D, Haaima LE, Gresshoff PM, Ferguson BJ (2018) Cytokinins and their IPT-regulated biosynthesis in soybean nodulation. Frontiers in Plant Science 9: 1150, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01150.
  6. Ferguson BJ, Mens C, Hastwell AH, Zhang MB, Su H, Jones CH, Chu XT, Gresshoff PM (2018) Legume nodulation: The host controls the party. Plant, Cell & Environment, accepted, May 16, 2018, DOI: 10.1111/pce.13348.
  7. Hastwell AH, Corcilius L, Gresshoff PM, Payne R, Ferguson BJ (2018) Triarabinosylation is required for nodulation-suppressive CLE peptides to systemically inhibit nodulation in Pisum sativum. Plant, Cell & Environment, accepted, April 17, 2018, DOI: 10.1111/pce.13325.



Corcilius L, Hastwell AH, Williams J, Zhang M, Mackay J, Gresshoff PM, Ferguson BJ1, Payne R1 (2017) Arabinosylation modulates the growth-regulating activity of the peptide hormone CLE40a from soybean. Cell Chemical Biology 24: 1347–1355 (1Authors contributed equally). (Awarded the November 2017 issue cover image; Press Release; ABC Radio interview:

Hastwell AH, de Bang T, Gresshoff PM, Ferguson BJ (2017) CLAVATA3/ESR (CLE) peptide-encoding gene families identified in the model legumes, Medicago truncatula and Lotus japonicus, compared with those of Glycine max, Phaseolus vulgaris and Arabidopsis thaliana. 7: 9384, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-09296-w.

Mirzaei S, Batley J, El-Mellouki T, Liu S, Meksem K, Ferguson BJ, Gresshoff PM (2017) Neodiversification of two orthologous CLAVATA1-like receptor kinase genes in soybean leads to distinct developmental outcomes. Scientific Reports 7: 8878, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-08252-y.

Nemenzo-Calica P, Indrasumunar A, Scott P, Dart P, Gresshoff PM (2017) Nodulation and symbiotic nitrogen fixation in the biofuel legume tree Pongamia pinnata. Atlas Journal of Biology. 274-291. Doi. 10.5147/qjb.2016.0141

Ferguson BJ (2017) Rhizobia and legume nodulation genes. In: Reference Module in Life Sciences. Osmanaj B, Santos LE (eds). Elsevier Limited, Kidlington, Oxford, UK, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-809633-8.07071-0.

Indrasumunar A, Gresshoff PM, Scott PT (2017) Prospect of the legume tree Pongamia pinnata as a clean and sustainable biodiesel feedstock. In: Clean Energy for Sustainable Development, pp. 399-417.

Gresshoff PM, Rangan L, Indrasumunar A, Scott PT (2017) A new bioenergy crop based on oil-rich seeds from the legume tree Pongamia pinnata. Energy and Emission Control Technologies 5: 19–26.

Gresshoff PM, Ferguson BJ (2017) Molecular signals in nodulation control. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 18: 125; doi:10.3390/ijms18010125.

Jiang Q, Yen SH, Stiller J, Edwards D, Scott PT, Gresshoff PM (2017) Genetic, biochemical, and morphological diversity of the legume biofuel tree Pongamia pinnata. Plant Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology 1: 54-67.


Gresshoff PM (2016) The way of the future. Aussie Rigs & Haulage Driver 4: 32-34.

Moolam RA, Singh A, Shelke RG, Scott PT, Gresshoff PM, Rangan L (2016) Identification of two genes encoding microsomal oleate desaturases (FAD2) from the biodiesel plant Pongamia pinnata. Trees 30: 1351-1360.

Huang J, Guo X, Hao X, Zhang W, Chen S, Huang R, Gresshoff P, Zheng Y (2016) De novo sequencing and characterization of seed transcriptome of the tree legume Millettia pinnata for gene discovery and SSR marker development. Molecular Breeding 36: 1-15.

Ferguson BJ, Gresshoff PM (2016) The regulation of legume nodule numbers. In: Plants In Action! 2. Munns R, Clearwater M, Schmidt S, Gleadow R, Eason J, Evans J (eds). ASPS & NZSPB,

Su C, Liu L, Liu H, Ferguson BJ, Zou Y, Zhao Y, Wang T, Wang Y, Li X. (2016) H2O2 regulates root system architecture by modulating the polar transport and redistribution of auxin. Journal of Plant Biology 59: 260-270.


Wang Y, Li K, Zhang S, Chen L, Zou Y, Liu H, Li D, Wang R, Tian Y, Zhao F, Ferguson BJ, Gresshoff PM, Li X (2015) microRNA167c-directed regulation of the auxin response factors, GmARF8a and GmARF8b, is required for soybean (Glycine max L.) nodulation and lateral root development. Plant Physiology 168: 101-116.

Hastwell AH, Gresshoff PM, Ferguson BJ (2015) Genome-wide annotation and characterisation of CLAVATA/ESR (CLE) peptide hormones of soybean (Glycine max) and common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris), and their orthologues of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). Journal of Experimental Botany 66: 5271-5287.

Gresshoff PM, Hayashi S, Biswas B, Mirzaei S, Indrasumunar A, Reid D, Samuel S, van Hameren B, Hastwell A, Scott P, Ferguson BJ (2015) The value of biodiversity in legume symbiotic nitrogen fixation and nodulation for biofuel and food production. Journal of Plant Physiology 172: 128-136. (A ‘Most Downloaded’ article for the journal in 2015).

Kopittke PM, Moore KL, Lombi E, Gianoncelli A, Ferguson BJ, Blamey FPC, Menzies NW, Nicholson TM, McKenna BA, Wang P, Gresshoff PM, Kourousias G, Webb RI, Green K, Tollenaere A (2015) Identification of the primary lesion of toxic aluminum (Al) in plant roots. Plant Physiology 167: 1402-1411.

Gresshoff PM, Ferguson BJ, Reid DE (2015) Soybean nodulation regulatory peptides and methods of use. USA patent 2012000047. 13/807,676, 2015.

Winarto HP, Liew LC, Gresshoff PM, Scott PT, Singh MB, Bhalla PL (2015) Isolation and characterization of circadian clock genes in the biofuel plant Pongamia (Millettia pinnata). BioEnergy Research. 8: 760-74.

Mohd-Yusoff NF, Ruperao P, Tomoyoshi NE, Edwards D, Gresshoff PM, Biswas B, Batley J (2015) Scanning the effects of ethyl methanesulfonate on the whole genome of Lotus japonicus using second-generation sequencing analysis. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 5: 559-67.

Indrasumunar A, Wilde J, Hayashi S, Li D, Gresshoff PM (2015) Functional analysis of duplicated Symbiosis Receptor Kinase (SymRK) genes during nodulation and mycorrhizal infection in soybean (Glycine max). Journal of plant physiology. 176: 157-68.


Ferguson BJ, Mathesius U (2014) Phytohormone regulation of legume-rhizobia interactions. Journal of Chemical Ecology 40: 770-790.

Wang Y, Wang L, Zou Y, Chen L, Cai Z, Zhang S, Zhao F, Tian Y, Jiang Q, Ferguson BJ, Gresshoff PM, Li X (2014) Soybean miR172c targets the repressive AP2 transcription factor GmNNC1 to activate GmENOD40 expression and regulate nodule initiation.  The Plant Cell 26: 4782–4801.

Ferguson BJ, Li D, Hastwell AH, Reid DE, Li Y, Jackson S, Gresshoff PM (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. (Awarded the October 2014 issue cover image).

Hayashi S, Gresshoff PM, Ferguson BJ (2014) Mechanistic action of gibberellins in legume nodulation. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology 56: 971-978. (Awarded the October 2014 issue cover image).

Foo E1, Ferguson BJ1, Reid JB (2014) Common and divergent roles of plant hormones in nodulation and arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses. Plant Signaling & Behavior 9: e29593. (1Authors contributed equally).

Young NF, Ferguson BJ, Antoniadi I, Bennett MH, Beveridge CA, Turnbull CGN (2014) Conditional auxin response and differential cytokinin profiles in shoot branching mutants. Plant Physiology 165: 1723–1736.

Gresshoff PM (2014) Pongamia Genetic Markers and Method of Use. USA Patent Application No. 13/885,886.

Foo E, Ferguson BJ, Reid JB (2014) The potential roles of strigolactones and brassinosteroids in the autoregulation of nodulation pathway. Annals of Botany 113: 1037-1045.

Gresshoff P (2014) The contrasting need for food and biofuel: Can we afford biofuel? A Love of Ideas. Future Leaders, Sydney, Australia. 2014: 114-52.

Mirzaei S, Batley J, Ferguson BJ, Gresshoff PM (2014) Transcriptome profiling of the shoot and root tips of S562L, a soybean GmCLAVATA1A mutant. Atlas Journal of Biology 3: 183-205.

Djordjevic MA, Bezos A, Marmuse L, Driguez H, Samain E, Vauzeilles B, Beau JM, Kordbacheh F, Rolfe BG, Schwörer R, Daines AM. Gresshoff PM, Parish CR (2014) Lipo-chitin oligosaccharides, plant symbiosis signalling molecules that modulate mammalian angiogenesis in vitro. PloS one. 9: e112635.

Biswas B, Gresshoff PM (2014) The role of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in sustainable production of biofuels. International journal of molecular sciences. 15: 7380-97.