Understanding how plant diseases do their damage

An international team of scientists has used neutron reflectometry techniques to understand how disease-causing pathogens damage the cell membranes of plants.

Differentiating friends from foes in the fungal root microbiome

Complex microbial communities inhabit plants and modulate their development. Roots especially, host a wide diversity of micro-organisms—including bacteria and fungi—that directly influence plant health. Researchers from ...

How do plants act fast to fight off infections?

New work led by Carnegie's Kangmei Zhao and Sue Rhee reveals a new mechanism by which plants are able to rapidly activate defenses against bacterial infections. This understanding could inspire efforts to improve crop yields ...

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