Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) 2017 award for research on plant innnate immunity

Barbara Baker and Jacob Brunkard received an Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) 2017 award for research on DCL4 regulation of plant innate immunity.

MicroRNA regulation of plant innate immune receptors

Plant innate immunity depends on recognition of pathogen effectors and triggering of host defenses. Plant resistance (R)-genes encode a major class of innate immune receptors. Plant microRNAs (miRNAs) and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) guide gene silencing and play essential regulatory roles in development, genome function and host defense. We discovered novel miRNA families whose members silence R-genes including those encoding resistance to major pathogens of Solanaceae crops.
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