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Defenses up: plants are armed and ready to fend off attackers

Courtesy of Hoon Lee - arabidopsis plant infected by pseudomonas syringae
By Nicole Kresge HHMI Bulletin January 29, 2014
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A few hundred bacteria rest atop a lone grain of sand. Suddenly, a gust of wind scoops up the particle and its occupants, hurtling them toward an unsuspecting plant. The impact causes a tiny abrasion on a leaf and the bacterial passengers disembark to colonize their new home...

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The video below shows what happens to Arabidopsis plants when they are inoculated with Pseudomonas syringae (left pot) or water (right pot) over a five-day period. Video courtesy of Bian Kvitko, Jin Chen, Alec Bonifer, and Sheng Yang He.