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Researchers identify mechanism for natural plant immunity [Registered]

Scientists in Norwich and China have, for the first time, uncovered exactly how an immune receptor mediating plants’ natural immunity to bacteria works. The research has important implications for developing broad-spectrum disease resistance in crops. UK researchers at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, in a close collaboration with Chinese scientists at Tsinghua University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have shared their findings in a paper published this week in Science. TSL senior scientist Prof. Cyril Zipfel said: “Plants, like humans, have an innate ability to recognise potentially-harmful bacteria and launch an immune response. What we have found…

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