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Science 296 (5573): 1649-1650

Copyright © 2002 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The Jasmonate Pathway

Robin Liechti, Edward E. Farmer*

Plants are faced with many of the same problems as animals--a need for regulation of metabolic processes and reproduction and for defense against enemies. Jasmonates in plants serve key roles in gene and metabolic regulation, defense, responses to trauma, reproduction, and possibly communication. Some remarkable features of plant responses, such as production of repellent volatiles as a defense against herbivorous insects, or the massive transcriptional reprogramming that occurs in response to wounding, are under the control of the jasmonate pathway. Details of the jasmonate signaling pathway are currently at the center of active research that is generating exciting results. The Jasmonate Biochemical Pathway at the STKE Connections Maps is designed to present and keep pace with these developments.

Gene Expression Laboratory, Ecology Institute, University of Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.
*   To whom correspondence should be addressed: edwardelliston.farmer{at}ie-bpv.unil.ch



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