Sound the alarm! How injured plant cells warn their neighbors

Arabidopsis thalliana

All organisms can be injured. But what happens when a plant is injured? How can it heal itself and avoid infections? An international research team from the University of Basel and Ghent University has reported on wound reaction mechanisms in plants in the journal Science. Their insights into plant immune systems could be used for new approaches to sustainable crop production.

This research was a collaborative effort of SPSW member Prof Thomas Boller (University of Basel) and colleagues from the University of Ghent, Belgium with their teams.

Reference literature
Science (2019), doi: 10.1126/science.aar7486
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