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Emerging themes in plant immunity: from molecules to communities

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Plants are constantly confronted by a daunting range of pathogens and pests. The evolution of a sophisticated immune system allows plants to fight potential threats and at the same time co-exist with beneficial microbes, through a balancing act of growth and defense that involves a remarkable level of ...

Plants are constantly confronted by a daunting range of pathogens and pests. The evolution of a sophisticated immune system allows plants to fight potential threats and at the same time co-exist with beneficial microbes, through a balancing act of growth and defense that involves a remarkable level of signaling complexity.

In the last decades the field of plant immunity has witnessed a significant advancement in the body of knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underpinning plant-microbe interactions. Historically, most of these efforts have been directed towards the understanding of how individual molecules, such as immune receptors or microbial effectors, allow plants to perceive pathogens and pathogens to infect their hosts. Recent technological advances have allowed plant immunity research to expand beyond discrete studies of individual molecules to higher levels of complexity, including the study of metabolite fluxes, molecular protein complexes, inter-organelle dynamics and plant-microbial community interactions.

This Research Topic focuses on emerging trends in plant immunity and will include Mini-Reviews covering new findings/tendencies in the field, with a focus on the progression of research from molecules to communities.

The topics will be subdivided as follows:

1. Role of metabolites in plant immunity
2. Protein dynamics and protein networks during plant-microbe interactions
3. Advances in cell biology as a probe for plant immunity
4. Molecular dynamics of plant cell walls during immunity
5. Chloroplast-to-nucleus communication in plant immunity
6. Newly emerging patho-systems
7. Interaction of plants with microbial community
8. Trade-offs between plant growth and plant defense

The aim of this Research Topic is to review and discuss current knowledge of the mechanisms regulating plant innate immunity, however we encourage submitting manuscripts discussing techniques and technological advances for any of the sections.


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