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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.

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The larva of a tobacco hawkmoth Manduca sexta on a wild tobacco leaf

How plants produce defensive toxins without harming themselves

By | News, Plant Health, Plant Science

Plants produce toxic substances to defend themselves against herbivores. In a new study, scientists were able to describe in detail the biosynthesis and exact mode of action of an important group of defensive substances, the diterpene glycosides, in wild tobacco plants. Diterpene glycosides allow plants to fend off herbivores. The study shows that these plant chemicals attack certain parts of the cell membrane.

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