Tag Archives: plants

Fungal killers. Or not.

The distance between commensalism and pathogenesis in fungi is surprisingly small. Continue reading

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Extreme virus resistance in plants

When a virus infects a plant, a slient war rages, fought with RNA weapons. Continue reading

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Plant Virus Ecology

In this short and highly accessible article, Marilyn Roossinck provides an excellent primer for the non-initiated. Continue reading

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BTV VLPs, OMG

This paper describes plant-based high-level expression of virus-like particles of BTV serotype 8. Continue reading

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Plant viruses as gene delivery vehicles

Getting RNA into cells is a major barrier to future theraputic approaches, so robust systems are urgently needed. Continue reading

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How to stop the bugs eating your lunch

Nepenthes pitchers are designed to provide anti-microbial conditions to prevent nutrient competition. Continue reading

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Plant virus expression vectors and production of biopharmaceutical proteins

It is a sad fact that a leading cause of infant mortality in developing countries continues to be from infectious diseases which are quite preventable. New technologies which can both deliver vaccines en mass and without the need for syringes, … Continue reading

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How do plant viruses induce disease?

Plant viruses are biotrophic pathogens that need living tissue for their multiplication and thus, in the infection-defence equilibrium, they do not normally cause plant death. In some instances virus infection may have no apparent pathological effect or may even provide … Continue reading

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Top 10 of Top 10's ?

I recently wrote about the top 10 plant viruses in molecular plant pathology. Well Ed didn’t like that list, so he’s published his own: Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) Cucumber … Continue reading

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