Tobacco in the Greenhouse
Barbara Baker

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Baker Lab Research on Plant Innate Immunity

Nicotiana benthamiana infected with tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) expressing the green fluorescent protein (GFP). TMV-GFP infection and spread is detected under UV light.Our research focuses on understanding molecular-genetic mechanisms of plant innate immunity. We are investigating the structure, function and evolution of host genes for pathogen disease resistance. Our experimental system includes viral, bacterial and oomycete plant pathogens and their Solanaceae plant hosts. We anticipate that our studies will lead to new environmentally benign strategies for durable, broad-spectrum disease resistant crops. 

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