New study shows how plants fight off disease

31 Jan 2017
Hypothetical structural model of the assembly of TIR domains during signalling, from the SNC1 immunity receptor found in Arapidopsis plants. Individual subunits are shown in different colours, with β-strands shown as arrows and α-helices shown as cylinders. Image: Bostjan Kobe.

A University of Queensland-led study has highlighted the minute details of how the plant’s immune system leads to its ability to resist disease.

UQ School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences and Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre researcher Professor Bostjan Kobe said the finding was significant as food security was an increasingly relevant problem worldwide.

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