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Cornell/BTI win funds for plant/pathogen interactions

Researchers at the US Cornell University and the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI - both Ithaca, New York) have won a third grant from the US National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program to study plant/pathogen interactions. The $4 million award will fund the study of the relationship between wild tomato species and the model pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato, which causes bacterial speck disease in tomatoes. It is intended that the work will provide a methodology that may be applied to many other plant/pathogen systems, as well as aid in the development of new tomato cultivars that are durably resistant to pathogenic fungi.

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