News From the Field
Plants send out signals attracting harmful bacteria, MU study finds
April 24, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.When bacteria attack plants, they often inject harmful proteins into the host plants' cells to weaken and suppress natural defenses. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have identified and replicated the process that allows the bacteria--known mostly for attacking tomatoes--to invade its host. This discovery could lead to natural anti-infective treatments that work with food-producing plants to enhance resistance to harmful bacteria in the field.Full Story
University of Missouri-Columbia
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