Perception of chitin fragments (chitooligosaccharides) is an important first step in plant defense response against fungal pathogen. LysM receptor-like kinases (LysM RLKs) are instrumental in this perception process. LysM RLKs also play a role in activating transcription of chitin-responsive genes (CRGs) in plants. Mutations in the LysM kinase receptor genes or the downstream CRGs may affect the fungal susceptibility of a plant. Mutations in LysM RLKs or transgenes carrying the same may be beneficial in imparting resistance against fungal pathogens.
This work was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of Energy, Energy Biosciences Program, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (grant number DE-FG02-02ER15309). The United States government may have certain rights in the invention disclosed herein.