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Disease resistance: Not so costly after all

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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Laine, AL. Disease resistance: Not so costly after all. Nature Plants 2, 16121 (2016).

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