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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: FERTILITY VERSUS DISEASE RESISTANCE, A HARD CHOICE)

Author
item Bart, Rebecca
item Ronald, Pamela
item Hake, Sarah

Submitted to: Genes and Development
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/1/2005
Publication Date: 6/29/2006
Citation: Bart, R., Ronald, P., Hake, S.C. 2006. Fertility versus disease resistance, a hard choice. Genes and Development. 20:1215-1217.

Interpretive Summary: Who among us has not heard the phrase, all good things come at a cost. Luckily, the cost/benefit scenarios that we face day to day are generally minor (extra piece of cake or a slim figure) compared with having to choose between the opportunity to have children and disease immunity. The work by Wang and colleagues (Chu et al. 2006) brings into light this exact conundrum in the plant world. The authors demonstrate a trade-off between fertility and pathogen defense, depending on levels of expression of the xa13 gene.

Technical Abstract: Wang and colleagues (Chu et al. 2006) brings into light this exact conundrum in the plant world. The authors demonstrate a trade-off between fertility and pathogen defense, depending on levels of expression of the xa13 gene. This manuscript reviews work on disease resistance in rice. The gene identified regulates fertility and disease susceptability.

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