Research report 2015 - Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Robustness and tunability of the plant immune system
Tsuda, Kenichi; Berens, Matthias L.
Plant-Microbe Interactions, Forschergruppe Plant Immune Network, Structure and Dynamics
SummaryPlants sense microbial molecules to trigger innate immunity for protection from pathogens. However, microbes have evolved broad virulence factors that interfere with plant immune components. Therefore, immune mechanisms must be robust to cope with microbial perturbations. In addition, since too much immune response is detrimental for plant fitness, plant immune responses need to be tuned. The scientists study how plant immune signaling networks achieve the properties robustness and tunability using molecular genetics, genomics and computational modeling.