Whiteflies weaponize a plant defense via horizontal gene transfer

Noah K. Whiteman, Rebecca L. Tarnopol

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Co-opting enemy weapons is a proven strategy in warfare. The war of nature is no different. In this issue of Cell, Xia and colleagues show how a major crop pest stole a plant phenolic glucoside malonyltransferase gene, allowing neutralization of a large class of plant defense compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1657-1658
Number of pages2
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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