Molecular Medicine Israel

Mislabeled Microbes Cause Two Retractions

Two papers on plant immunity have been retracted, and questions remain about others with similar results

Two samples of bacteria that were mislabeled several years ago have led to the retraction of two papers, including a highly-cited one published in Science.

In 2009, a team of scientists from the University of California, Davis, led by plant geneticist Pamela Ronald, identified a bacterial molecule that is recognized by the immune system of rice plants. It was the culmination of the lab’s longstanding quest to understand how this vital crop thwarts infections, and the paper has since been cited 131 times….

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