Seeing is believing: cell biology at the plant-microbe interface
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The advances made during the twentieth century in understanding the genetics of host-pathogen interactions transformed crop breeding, however the field of plant pathology was founded from the earliest cell biology of Hooke and his contemporaries. During the twenty-first century phytopathologists have refocused their attention to the microscopic world to identify the molecular mechanisms responsible for inherited disease resistance, mutualistic interactions and virulence. For the first time a symposium was organized to specifically discuss the latest insights into plant-microbe interactions gained by merging rediscovered techniques, such as electron-microscopy, with new tools that allow in vivo high-resolution tracking of cellular dynamics. These methods, together with the implementation of state-of-the-art proteomic and chemical biology approaches, are helping to elucidate the intricate mechanism of the interaction between two organisms. In this report we highlight emergent themes from the meeting and some of the cognate fundamental biological questions driving the contemporary study of phytopathology and mutualism.
The authors acknowledge ETH Zürich and the BBSRC for supporting the authors’ participation in this meeting.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from the publisher via the DOI in this record.
Version of record online 31st May 2016
Vol. 211, pp. 16 - 19
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