A Better Understanding of Plant Immune Response Could Lead to Better Crops

Students at the University of Missouri have discovered new regulations of defense pathways for plants. Their findings could lead to plants like pear trees, roses, soybeans, and rice being able to fight off certain bacteria. The MU researchers found that if the plant is exposed to a bacteria, it activates three separate parts of its immune system. Each part must have the right amount of immune receptors in the right place in order to respond correctly. The plant can only administer the appropriate immune response if the combination is perfect. This new information could allow researchers to develop stronger strategies for plants to fight off diseases.

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