Ryder, Elizabeth F.
Plants recognize a variety of different pathogen associated molecules, like chitin, found in the walls of fungi, in order to react effectively. Chitin causes oscillations of intracellular calcium in many plants, including Physcomitrella patens. The goal of this project was to silence Lyk5 genes thought to detect chitin in P. patens and develop a program to analyze the calcium response. When the three P. patens Lyk5 genes were silenced there was no oscillatory calcium immune response which supported hypothesized functionality.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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