Learning How Plants Protect Themselves from Disease

Just like weapons escalation between warring nations, plants and disease organisms are in a continuous battle. The winner thrives, the loser struggles. Plants have an innate immune system that responds to disease by creating resistance proteins. You can think of them as little soldiers that march in to prevent disease from causing damage. Sometimes, however, a plant's immune system can overreact.  Thanks to a University of Missouri researcher, we are one step closer to understanding how plants regulate their immune system.
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