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Plant’s immune system against infection is activated via a protein – molecular understanding advanced [Registered]

Plants defend themselves against disease infection via a protein called Enhanced Disease Susceptibility 1 (EDS1). But in the almost two decades since it was discovered, how EDS1 works at the molecular level has been a mystery. Recently reported studies in the 9 December ’12 issue of Science from plant scientists at the University of Missouri and Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany have effectively solved the mystery that is likely to help scientists enhance disease resistance in crops. The two papers demonstrate how EDS1 activates different components of the plant immune system, “a compartmentalization of the immune response that…

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