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Getting a grip on blast

Spermine is essential for adhesion to the hydrophobic rice leaf surface by the blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae during infection.

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Fig. 1: Regulation of appressorium adhesion during infection by the rice blast fungus.

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Foster, A.J., Talbot, N.J. Getting a grip on blast. Nat Microbiol 5, 1457–1458 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-020-00821-8

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