Here’s the notice for “Influence of ATP-binding cassette transporters in root exudation of phytoalexins, signals, and in disease resistance, a paper originally published in July 2012:
The Journal, Chief Editor and the Authors wish to retract the Original Research article cited above in its entirety. Based on information reported after publication, this article was found to have images that were inappropriately manipulated (Figure 1B: actin panel; Figure 6A: PR1, PR5; Figure 6B: AtATH6, AtATH10). The authors and the journal regret the errors and regret any inconvenience to the readers of Frontiers in Plant Science.
This unfortunate situation is independent of the previous retractions.
It was derived from mislabeling and duplication of images that slipped by me, the co-authors, the editor and the reviewers of the journal. The data in the notebooks coincides with the results of the paper. Additionally, we repeated the studies and they coincide with the published data. The policy of the journal is very strict when it comes to these issues and that is why the paper was retracted even though the overall story of the paper is correct.
We are reviewing other publications using forensic image analysis to ascertain if additional problems exist.
Hat tip: Rolf Degen