Simplicity Itself: A Key Discovery To Thwart Plant Diseases

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2010-01-01
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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the world's leading institutions of agriculture. Building on 150 years of excellence the college provides leadership in science, education and research, areas vital to the future of Iowa, the nation and the world.

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The roots of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences go back to 1858 when Iowa established the State Agricultural College and Model Farm. It officially opened in 1869 as the first coed land-grant in the nation. That was among many college “firsts,” including the first courses in forestry, dairying and bacteriology in the nation. (Learn More)

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"Wow, this is so simple, it’s ridiculous.” When Adam Bogdanove discovered a key to DNA and protein interaction he was struck by its simplicity and its implications for opening up a “cascade of advances” from disease resistance in plants to human gene therapy. Bogdanove, associate professor in plant pathology, was working with graduate student Matthew Moscou on the molecular basis of bacterial diseases of rice when they discovered how a group of proteins from plant pathogenic bacteria interact with DNA in the plant cell.

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