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At the IS-MPMI Congress in Glasgow, the MPMI journal asked the community to identify their top unanswered questions in molecular plant-microbe interactions and narrowed it down to the top 10. Watch for articles about these top unanswered questions in upcoming issues of MPMI!

The Top 10 Unanswered Questions in MPMI​​​​

  1. How do plants engage with beneficial microorganisms while at the same ​time restricting pathogens?​​
  2. How does abiotic stress, such as climate change, influence plant-microbe interactions?
  3. How can we translate basic research into emerging crop plants?
  4. How do microbe-microbe interactions affect plant-microbe interactions?
  5. Does ETI potentiate and restore PTI—or is there really a binary distinction between ETI and PTI?
  6. What’s the molecular basis of non-host resistance?​
  7. How do resistance proteins activate cell death?
  8. Why do some pathogens need so many effectors when others need a few?
  9. How do pathogens evolve novel virulence activities?
  10. How do observations of binary plant-microbe interactions hold in an ecological context?