Project abstract for group katagirf

Plant Immune Signaling Network

The plant immune signaling network is attacked by microbial pathogens, which evolve much faster than plants. Thus, the network must have a high level of robustness against perturbations of the network components. Simultaneously, the network needs to be tunable as unnecessary immune response negatively impacts plant fitness. These researchers study the plant immune signaling network mainly using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to quantify the network properties, such as robustness, to identify interactions among the network components that are causal to the properties, to elucidate signaling dynamics that underlie such network component interactions, and to identify dynamic rules that govern such signaling dynamics. They also study impacts of the network properties on evolution of the network. 

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