News Release 13-143
Keeping pace with plant pathogens
Plant immune system research ready for application, say researchers
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Late blight can wreak havoc on red-skinned Desiree potato plants, like the ones on the right side of this photo, taken of a field trial in the United Kingdom in August 2012. The healthy plants on the left have been bred with disease-resistance genes from other plants, and are late-blight resistant.
Credit: Kamil Witek and Jonathan Jones, Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
The upper image shows tomato plants with bacterial leaf spot disease in a Florida field trial, from June 2012. Below are tomato plants bred with a pepper disease-resistance gene. Those plants exhibit far less bacterial spot symptoms, plus have an increased fruit yield.
Credit: Diana Horvath, Two Blades Foundation
The researchers' work is described in the Aug. 16, 2013, issue of the journal Science.
Credit: Copyright AAAS 2013
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