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Fungal avoidance of plant immune system explained

Signalling organelles acting as long distance messengers in pathogenic fungi help them avoid the immune responses of the plants they attack, reveals research by the UK University of Exeter. Plants that come under attack from pathogens have an automatic immune response. Fungi get around this plant immunity by injecting “effector proteins” into the host plant cells, enabling them to escape the plant's immune system and enter the plant unrecognised.

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