• Defense or growth: a complicated balance

    5 days ago - By Bond Life Sciences Center

    The figure shows the wild type of the plant to the left. The mutant type to the far right shows when the negative regulator SRFR1 and the TOPLESS gene TPR2 are absent in a plant, the immune system intensifies and the plant stops growing. | Photo contributed by Walter Gassmann, Bond LSC.
    By Lauren Hines | Bond LSC
    The plant immune system isn't active all the time. Plants must decide to either defend against disease or grow, but not simultaneously.
    The reason behind this process is not fully understood, and the Walter Gassmann lab at Bond Life Sciences Center is searching for answers.
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