Monday, December 31, 2018

Boosting immunity in the fight against bacteria

A key protein is shown to be responsible for activating and controlling plant immune responses to bacterial infection.


​Supporting plants to cope with bacterial invaders is vital for developing sustainable agriculture. Now, KAUST researchers have shown that a transcription factor protein, known to be involved in drought tolerance and root growth, also plays a vital role in coordinating and maintaining plant immunity.

KAUST’s Ronny Völz, under the supervision of group leader, Heribert Hirt, along with co-workers in France, sought to shed light on the signaling cascades that prompted immune responses to bacterial infection in plants.

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Image: Ronny Völz tends to his Arabidopsis plants.
© 2018 KAUST

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