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Hidden weapons of microbial destruction in plant genomes

John M Manners

Author Affiliations

CSIRO Plant Industry, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, Carmody Road, St Lucia, Brisbane 4067, Australia

Genome Biology 2007, 8:225  doi:10.1186/gb-2007-8-9-225

Published: 26 September 2007

Abstract

Recent bioinformatic analyses of sequenced plant genomes reveal a previously unrecognized abundance of genes encoding antimicrobial cysteine-rich peptides, representing a formidable and dynamic defense arsenal against plant pests and pathogens.