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Trends Genet. 1996 Feb;12(2):63-9.

A useful weed put to work: genetic analysis of disease resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Department of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA.


Plant resistance to disease caused by phytopathogenic organisms is often triggered by the ability of the plant to specifically recognize the invading pathogen. One of the most fascinating areas in plant biology research focusses on understanding the mechanisms governing this process. Several recent breakthroughs in this area have come from the genetic analyses of disease resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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