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Checkmate: How plant protein Feronia protects against bacterial attackers

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

When bacterial pathogens invade a plant, a game of chess plays out inside the cells of the plant as the pathogen tries to hijack the genetic pathways that govern the plant’s disease response. In a newly published study, researchers at Iowa State University describe the tactics the pathogens and the plants use in this high-stakes standoff.

The research was funded by the ISU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Signature Research Initiatives (SRI) and the ISU Plant Sciences Institute.