Cuticular defects lead to full immunity to a major plant pathogen.

@article{Chassot2007CuticularDL,
  title={Cuticular defects lead to full immunity to a major plant pathogen.},
  author={C{\'e}line Chassot and Christiane Nawrath and J. -P. M{\'e}traux},
  journal={The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology},
  year={2007},
  volume={49 6},
  pages={972-80}
}
In addition to its role as a barrier, the cuticle is also a source of signals perceived by invading fungi. Cuticular breakdown products have been shown previously to be potent inducers of cutinase or developmental processes in fungal pathogens. Here the question was addressed as to whether plants themselves can perceive modifications of the cuticle. This was studied using Arabidopsis thaliana plants with altered cuticular structure. The expression of a cell wall-targeted fungal cutinase in A… CONTINUE READING
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