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Disease resistance: Not so costly after all

Nature Plants volume 2, Article number: 16121 (2016) | Download Citation

The fitness costs of individual resistance (R) genes detected in previous studies suggest an impossibly high genetic load associated with disease resistance, if true for all R genes. However, new research shows that Arabidopsis plants with resistant Rps2 are no less fit than those with a susceptible Rps2 allele in the absence of disease.

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  1. Anna-Liisa Laine is at the Centre of Excellence in Metapopulation Research, Plant Biology, Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki FI-00014, Finland.

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