Plant Cells killed by Soft Rot Parasites

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A RECENT report1 has focused attention on the use of cell wall degrading enzymes to isolate protoplasts from plant cells. The aim is presumably to obtain viable protoplasts with metabolic activities close to those of protoplasts in situ. For many years, however, plant pathologists have been concerned with why in soft rots and other plant diseases characterized by cell separation protoplasts are rapidly killed. There is an apparent contradiction here.

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HALL, J., WOOD, R. Plant Cells killed by Soft Rot Parasites. Nature 227, 1266–1267 (1970) doi:10.1038/2271266a0

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