Publish Date: 30.03.2022

Category: News from the University

Plant diseases have far-reaching consequences affecting crops and reliability of food supply, but for many of these diseases the causes and underlying mechanisms are not yet explained. In a recent study published in Science Advances, the researchers thus focused on a family of Necrosis and ethylene-inducing peptide 1-like proteins (NLPs), which are produced by numerous phytopathogenic microbes and cause damage to important crops such as potatoes, tomatoes, soy, tobacco, cocoa... Research on the mechanisms of action of NLP proteins is a result of a cooperation between the National Institute of Chemistry, the University of Ljubljana and research institutions from Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Finland and Germany and led to a discovery of an unique multi-step mechanism of damaging plant-cell membranes.

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