VIB research sheds new light on the defense mechanisms of plants

When plants are damaged, they face significant dangers including the loss of nutrients from and the entry of microbes into the plant. As a result, plants have evolved sophisticated defense mechanisms. Unlike animals, each plant cell has the ability to activate protective responses to heal damaged tissue and prevent microbe infections. An international collaboration between the teams of Prof. Jenny Russinova (VIB-Ghent University) and Prof. Daniel Scherer de Moura (University of São Paulo, Brazil) sharing the PhD student Fausto Andres Ortiz-Morea has presented new insights into the subcellular workings of these defense mechanisms. The findings could help scientists in modulating the behavior of food production plants, so that they are better protected against environmental factors.

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