In the world of plant biology, a study in The Plant Journal explores how tomatoes defend against a bacterial pathogen. The study focuses on proteins called NLRs, which help plants fight off pathogens. The researchers used CRISPR technology to create mutant tomato plants lacking these proteins, and found that they were more susceptible to the pathogen. This shows the important role of Nrc2 and Nrc3 in the plant’s immune response. The study also discovered that these proteins play a crucial role in the plant’s defense system. The research is significant because it provides insight into how plants protect themselves, which is important for agriculture. The findings could lead to the development of more resilient crops that can withstand pathogens, contributing to food security and agricultural sustainability.
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