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Schematic representation of the Pleiades’ mechanism of action Schematic representation of the Pleiades’ mechanism of action

The pleiades gene cluster in the Ustilago maydis (corn smut) genome encodes a family of proteins, the Pleiades, that target maize immunity. The two Pleiades Taygeta1 (Tay1) and Merope1 (Mer1) inhibit Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) production, albeit in different cell compartments. Additionally, Mer1 acts in the nucleus to modify the activity of RFI2 homologues (Red and Far-Red Insensitive 2), a family of enzymes involved in early immune responses and that govern flowering time in plants.

Minister of Agriculture Minister of Agriculture

Julia Klöckner presented PhytoMo coordinator Dr. Anna Kicherer and Prof. Dr. Reinhard Töpfer (Julius Kühn-Institut) with the BMEL funding notification (from right)

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The molecule Topless (TPL) normally suppresses auxin signaling (AUX) in the plant. The fungus's five Tip effectors remove this inhibition, allowing the corn cells to grow and divide.

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In a "competition" in the Arkadenhof, scientists from the Clusters of Excellence present their research in an entertaining way. Here is an archive image from the past Slam 2018.

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