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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