Plants on the defensive (IMAGE) Duke University Caption Plants engineered to resist disease-causing bacteria are able to fend off infection but suffer stunted growth (top left). By controlling how defense proteins are translated, scientists were able to bolster plant immunity without causing collateral damage (bottom right). Credit Credit: Guoyong Xu, Duke University Usage Restrictions Please credit Guoyong Xu, Duke University License Original content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.