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Ancient defense strategy continues to protect plants from pathogens


by University of Cambridge

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have uncovered striking similarities in how two distantly related plants defend themselves against pathogens despite splitting from their common ancestor more than 400 million years ago.

Researchers from the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge compared how two distantly related plants—a common liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) and a flowering plant, wild tobacco (Nicotiana benthamiana) - defend themselves against an aggressive pathogen (Phytophthora palmivora). 

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