The role of JAR1 in insect feeding response
The discovery process in science often reveals surprising results. Dr. Staswick and his team had spent years following the clues from well-conducted experiments that revealed the biological role of jasmonic acid and the plant genes that regulate its signal-inducing capacity. Clues from studies by the Staswick team and other research groups implicated jasmonic acid signalling, in both abiotic (crushing or cutting) and biotic (cabbage looper) stress response.
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The working hypothesis of the research team was that making JA-Ile was a key step in the response pathway that allowed plants to mount a defense against feeding insects. Scott's assignment was to plan and conduct exeperiments to test this hypothesis.
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