Biomechanical model for appressorial design in Magnaporthe grisea.
The fungus Magnaporthe grisea, commonly referred to as the rice blast fungus, is responsible for destroying from 10% to 30% of the world's rice crop each year. The fungus attaches to the rice leaf and forms a dome-shaped structure, the appressorium, in which enormous pressures are generated that are used to blast a penetration peg through the rice cell walls and infect the plant. We develop a model of the appressorial design in terms of a bioelastic shell that can explain the shape of the app...Expand abstract
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