Like animals, plants are susceptible to infections from bacteria, viruses and fungi. While animals have a wide variety of immune cells and in some cases an interconnected immune system plants must rely on other methods to fight infection. A recent news bulletin from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute lists a range of exciting ways plants can defend against pathogen attack. I was able to speak to Professor Xinnian Dong about her work looking at interactions between pathogen defense and the circadian rhythm.
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