John Innes Centre

How plants become zombies

( —Forget popular video game Plants Vs. Zombies, some plants are zombies and scientists have uncovered how bacterial parasites turn them into the living dead.

dateApr 09, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Bacteria branch out

( -- Streptomyces produce the majority of clinically useful antibiotics, yet we don’t fully understand how they grow. PhD student Antje Hempel has contributed to our understanding of this by working out how ...

dateAug 07, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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How plant sensors detect pathogens

In the mid-20th century, an American scientist named Harold Henry Flor helped explain how certain varieties of plants can fight off some plant killers (pathogens), but not others, with a model called the "gene-for-gene" hypothesis. ...

dateAug 25, 2015 in Biotechnology
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The potential in your pond

Scientists at the John Innes Centre have discovered that Euglena gracilis, the single cell algae which inhabits most garden ponds, has a whole host of new, unclassified genes which can make new forms of carbohydrates and ...

dateAug 14, 2015 in Biotechnology
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