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How the rice blast fungus 'eats' its own cell wall to launch an attack

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All living organisms respond and adapt to changes in their environment. These responses are sometimes so significant that they cause alterations in the internal metabolic cycles of the organism—a process called "metabolic switching." For example, rice blast fungus—a pathogenic fungal species that causes the "rice blast" infection in rice crops—switches to the "glyoxylate cycle" when the nutrient source...

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