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New insight into a complex plant–fungal pathogen interaction

The coevolution of plants and microbes has shaped plant mechanisms that detect and repel pathogens. A newly identified plant gene confers partial resistance to a fungal pathogen not by preventing initial infection but by limiting its spread through the plant.

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Figure 1: ZmWAK regulates the interaction between maize and the fungus S. reilianum, the causal agent of head smut disease.

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Balint-Kurti, P., Holland, J. New insight into a complex plant–fungal pathogen interaction. Nat Genet 47, 101–103 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/ng.3203

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