The Plant-Pathogen Arms Race: Nature Communications Study Reveals Key Player in Plant Immunity

Orchid leaves with symptoms of tobacco mosaic virus. Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org
Orchid leaves with symptoms of tobacco mosaic virus. Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org

The co-evolutionary arms race between plants and pathogens is one of biological balance. Plants want to defend themselves from invaders, while pathogens want to infect their hosts without killing them to propagate. Plant biologists are keen to understand the molecular battles occurring in infected plant cell territory.

 

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