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Fungi are organisms that are grouped in a distinct kingdom within the eukaryotes. This kingdom includes diverse organisms ranging from microorganisms such as yeasts or moulds to large multicellular mushrooms.
Plants respond to microbial attack with a lethal burst of reactive oxygen species. How then, do pathogens successfully invade plants? Unexpectedly, a link between primary metabolism and suppression of plant immunity allows the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae to grow in such a hostile environment.