Turn your flower into cauliflower
Zigmunds Orlovskis, Allyson Maclean and Andrew Davis, John Innes Centre
Phytoplasmas are plant pathogens that are able to modulate flower development in their host plants. Phytoplasma secrete a virulence protein or effector called SAP54, that is able to turn normal flowers into leaf-like organs or other structures, such as the ones shown in this phytoplasma-infected Arabidopsis plant. Researchers at the John Innes Centre on the Norwich Research Park are studying the molecular mechanisms behind such transformations at this will enable us to understand how and why plant pathogens do this.