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University of Basel

22 March 2019

Sound the alarm! How injured plant cells warn their neighbors

The so-called Arabidopsis thaliana has become the standard model for plant cell biology and genetics. For the Science study, individual root cells were wounded with a highly focused laser beam in order to measure the immune response of plants. (Image: University of Basel)
The so-called Arabidopsis thaliana has become the standard model for plant cell biology and genetics. For the Science study, individual root cells were wounded with a highly focused laser beam in order to measure the immune response of plants. (Image: University of Basel)

All organisms can be injured. But what happens when a plant is injured? How can it heal itself and avoid infections? An international research team from the University of Basel and Ghent University has reported on wound reaction mechanisms in plants in the journal Science. Their insights into plant immune systems could be used for new approaches to sustainable crop production.

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