Research Highlights

Exploring the maintenance and diversity of plant immunity genes in nature
A study published by Alcazar et al in PLoS Genetics provides some important leads to the evolution of the immune system in European populations of Arabidopsis thaliana and mechanisms underlying the maintenance of particular immunity-related genes or allelic forms in nature. [more]
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Census in the plant root

January 21, 2014
Bacterial communities that colonise plant roots reflect the plant’s species affiliation and location preferences [more]
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Immune system's errand boy

December 16, 2013
Signalling pathway links local and systemic plant immunity [more]
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The molecular architecture of three key proteins and their complexes reveals how plants fine-tune their immune response to pathogens [more]
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The parasitic plant fungi primarily turn to sexual reproduction when host plants improve their defense mechanisms [more]
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Even in closely-related species, life-style moulds the genetic make-up of pathogens and how their genes are used [more]
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Plants choose the soil bacteria that they allow into their roots [more]
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