Category

Plant Health

Microbes Play Role in Corn ‘Hybrid Vigor’

By | News, Plant Health, Plant Science

Researchers have shown that soil microbes – microscopic organisms like viruses, bacteria and fungi found throughout nature – play a role in the phenomenon of heterosis or “hybrid vigor,” the superior performance of crossed plant lines, or hybrids, over inbred plant lines. Hybrids are often used by farmers for agricultural production due their superior crop yields.

Read More

How do plants balance microbial friends and foes?​​

By | News, Plant Health, Plant Science

​Plants are constantly exposed to microbes: pathogens that cause disease, commensals that cause no harm or benefit, and mutualists that promote plant growth or help fend off pathogens. For example, most land plants can form positive relationships with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to improve nutrient uptake. How plants fight off pathogens without also killing beneficial microbes or wasting energy on commensal microbes is a largely unanswered question.

Read More

Preventing the spread of plant pandemics

By | News, Plant Health, Plant Science

Plant diseases don’t stop at national borders and miles of oceans don’t prevent their spread, either. That’s why plant disease surveillance, improved detection systems, and global predictive disease modeling are necessary to mitigate future disease outbreaks and protect the global food supply, according to a team of researchers.

Read More

​​Mapping Citrus Microbiomes: The First Step to Finding Plant-Microbiome Treasures ​

By | Agriculture, Fruits and Vegetables, News, Plant Health, Plant Science

Due to their complexity and microscopic scale, plant-microbe interactions can be quite elusive. Each researcher focuses on a piece of the interaction, and it is hard to find all the pieces let alone assemble them into a comprehensive map to find the hidden treasures within the plant microbiome. This is the purpose of review, to take all the pieces from all the different sources and put them together into something comprehensive that can guide researchers to hidden clues and new associations that unlock the secrets of a system.

Read More

SCAM ALERT: We have received reports of a scam targeting GPC representatives

X