PerspectivePLANT SCIENCES

Recognition at a Distance

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Science  22 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5721, pp. 506-508
DOI: 10.1126/science.1111725

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Summary

Plants have developed a sophisticated but indirect immune system that is able to respond to attack by pathogens. In this immune system, plant host cell R receptors indirectly recognize the activity of a wide variety of effector proteins released by invading bacteria and fungi. In their Perspective, Schulze-Lefert and Bieri discuss studies that reveal a new molecular understanding of this immune system in Arabidopsis. and the tomato plant ( Coaker et al., Rooney et al.).