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Molecular Ecology: Trading defence for vigour

Plants adapt to changing environments by optimizing the fitness costs associated with key biological functions. A comparison of a laboratory strain with other wild Australian accessions of Nicotiana benthamiana reveals that trading viral defence for vigour confers an adaptive advantage in arid habitats.

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Figure 1: The N. benthamiana strain used in laboratories has traded antiviral defence for early vigour to survive to the extreme habitat of Central Australia where it originates.



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Carbonell, A. Molecular Ecology: Trading defence for vigour. Nature Plants 1, 15174 (2015).

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