Two studies describe kinase fusion proteins (KFPs) that regulate the perception and deception of wheat pathogens. These highlight the emergence of KFPs as plant immune regulators and emphasize the importance of crop wild relatives as a reservoir for resistance breeding and global food security.
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T.F. and G.C. were supported by the US-Israel NSF-BSF (1937855, 2019654) and the USDA (2020-67013-32577).
The authors declare no competing interests.
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Fahima, T., Coaker, G. Pathogen perception and deception in plant immunity by kinase fusion proteins. Nat Genet (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41588-023-01396-w