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Identification of the mode of action of plant defensins during root development and plant defense responses.

Project description

Unravelling the abilities of plant defensins

Defensins are small proteins that can be found in a wide range of organisms including plants. They are known as host defence peptides that work against a wide variety of pathogens. However, recent data shows that they also play a role in important biological functions within plants, such as root development and reproduction. The EU-funded DEF2DEV project aims to shed light on the biological function and mode of action of the plant defensin AtPDF2.3 and its closest homologue AtPDF2.2. The work of the project will help with the identification of novel strategies to cope with biotic stress, and the regulation of root architecture, which will be beneficial for agricultural crops.

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Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 166 320