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Research Project: Genetic Analysis of Complex Traits in Maize

Location: Plant Science Research

Title: New insight into a complex plant-fungal pathogen interaction

Author
item Balint-Kurti, Peter
item Holland, Jim - Jim

Submitted to: Nature Genetics
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/1/2015
Publication Date: 1/28/2015
Citation: Balint Kurti, P.J., Holland, J.B. 2015. New insight into a complex plant-fungal pathogen interaction. Nature Genetics. 47:101-103.

Interpretive Summary: This manuscript is a commentary accompanying a research paper appearing in the same issue of Nature Genetics on the identification and characterization of a gene conferring resistance to Head smut in maize. The gene is a wall-associated kinase which confers partial resistance to a fungal pathogen not by preventing initial infection, but by limiting its spread through the plant.

Technical Abstract: The coevolution of plants and microbes has shaped plant mechanisms that detect and repel pathogens. A newly identified plant gene confers partial resistance to a fungal pathogen not by preventing initial infection, but by limiting its spread through the plant.