University of Dundee

Professor Janet Sprent OBE, FRSE

Nitrogen fixation in legumes
Emeritus Professor of Plant Biology and Nodulation in legumes
University of Dundee at JHI, Errol Road, Invergowrie, Dundee
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I have been appointed to the new Research Advisory Committee of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Following completion of 8 years (maximum allowed) as Trustee of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, I have been appointed a Research Associate there, where I will continue my collaborative research with members of their staff. My major research collaborations now are at JHI, Univeristy of Cape Town and the Centre for Rhizobium Studies at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, but in all of these we have international colleagues.

A major project is to put my decades of study into nodulation of legumes into an interactive database ILDON (Interactive Legume Database of Nodulation)

A new species of nitrogen fixing bacterium nodulating a drought tolerant perennial legume being developed for use in the poor soils of the arid wheat belt of Australia was named after me. Burkholderia sprentiae sp.nov., isolated from Lebeckia ambigua root nodules (2013) Sofie E.De Meyer, Margo Cnockaert, Julie K.Ardley, Garth Maker, Ron Yates, John G.Howieson and Peter Vandamme. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 63, 3950-3957



Hukam Singh Gehlot, Nisha Tak, Muskan Kaushik, Shubhajit Mitra, Wen-Ming Chen, Nicole Poweleit, Dheeren Panwar, Neetu Poonar, Rashmita Parihar, Alkesh Tak, Indo Singh Sankhla, Archana Ojha, Satyawada Rama Rao, Marcelo F.Simon, Fabio Bueno dos Reis Junior, Natalia Perigolo, Anil K. Tripathi, Janet I. Sprent, J.PeterW.Young, Eaun K. James, Prasad Gyaneshwar (2013) An Invasive Mimosa in India does not adopt the symbionts of its native relatives. Annuals of Botany 112 179-196

Wendy Y.Y.Liu, Hayley J. Ridgway, Trevor K.James, Euan K. James,Wen-Ming Chen, Janet I.Sprent, J.peter W. Young, Mitchell Andrews (2014) Burkholderia sp. Induces Functional Nodules on the South African Invasive Legume Dipogon lignosus (Phaseoleae) in New Zealand Soils Microbial Ecology Oct 2014, Volume 68: , 542-555

Benny Lemaire, Oscar Dlodlo, Samson Chimphango, Charles Stirton, Brian Schrire, J. Stephen Boatwright, Olivier Hinnay, Erik Smets, Janet Sprent, Euan K. James, A.Muthama Muasya (2014) Symbiotic Diversity, Specificity and Distribution of Rhizobia in Native Legumes of the Core Cape Subregion ( South Africa).FEMS Microbiology Ecology Advance Access

Gijibert D.A. Werner, William K. Cornwell, Janet I. Sprent, Jens Kattge, E. Toby Kiers (2014) A single evolutionary innovation drives the deep evolution of symbiotic N2-fixation in angiosperms. Nature Communications Article

J.I.Sprent, J.K.Ardley, E.K.James (2013) From North to South: A latitudinal look at legume nodulation processes. South African Journal of Biology 89, 31-41

J.K.Lu, L.H.Kang, J.I. Sprent, D.P.Xu and X.H.He (2013) Two-way transfer of nitrogen between Dalbergia odorifera and its hemiparasite Santalum album is enhanced when the host is effectively nodulated and fixing nitrogen(2013) Tree Physiology 33, 464-474

Sprent JI and Meeks JC. Cyanobacterial Nitrogen fixation in association with feather mosse. Moss as boss? (2013), New Phyologist 200, 5-6 Commentary

Shih-Yi Sheu, Jui-Hsing Chou, Cyril Bontemps, Geoffrey N.Elliott, Eduardo Gross, Fabio Bueno dos Reis Junior, Remy Melkonian, Lionel Moulin, Euan K. James, Janet I. Sprent, J.Peter W. Young, Wen-Ming Chen(2013) Burkholderia diazotrophca sp. Nov., isolated from root nodules of Mimosa spp. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 63, 435-441