by: Tom Oswald

How do plants thwart pests, diseases and the effects of climate change?

Sheng Yang He, Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Plant Biology Investigator at Michigan State University is on the case, with a study that unveils the molecular secrets of plants’ defense mechanisms at the atomic level.  

The study focuses on the plant hormone jasmonate and its interaction with three key proteins that regulate jasmonate signaling. Answering these basic questions reveals mechanisms for the most vital biological functions, such as how genes are turned on and off. These behaviors are similar across plants, animals and humans.

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