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Mechanism behind plants reprogramming cells to fight diseases elicited [Full subscriber]

Crops are often under attack from bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Annually, over 15% of crop yields are lost to bacterial and fungal diseases, amounting to financial losses of over US$220 billion. When a plant senses a microbial invasion, it makes radical changes in the chemical composition of its proteins to combat it. Researchers at Duke University have pieced together key components in plant cells that reprogram their protein-making machinery to fight disease.…

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