The Medicago truncatula nodules in this picture are taken from the web page of Eva Kondorosi’s group at the CNRS Institut des Sciences du Végétal in Gif-sur-Yvette near Paris.
Thanks, Eva, for letting me use your picture for my “Christmas tree”!
As most of you probably know, Eva Kondorosi is one of our most distinguished rhizobium researchers. She has made major contributions to our understanding of plant-bacterial interactions over the years, and continues to do so, as you can see from her very interesting recent publications, many of which focus on the role of plant peptides in symbiosis.
As well as running her lab in Paris, Eva is Director of the BAYGEN Institute for Plant Genomics in Szeged, Hungary, and last year, she was elected as a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, which is a great honour and recognition of the significance of her work. So …a very Merry Christmas to Eva and to all of you who love rhizobia!