Better safe than sorry: Soil microbiota puts tomato in a state of alert (+ Italian version)

You can also read this post in Italian – scroll down. You probably know that there are trillions of microorganisms living all over our bodies, especially enjoying our warm and appetising guts. The population of microbes that help our digestion, or simply hang around our bodies, is called the microbiota, and plants have one as well. The plant microbiota is particularly concentr...
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BABA discovery turns plant defence priming research on its head

Like us, plants have an inbuilt immune system that can be activated in response to disease threats. When a problem is detected, the plant immune system mounts a chemical attack against the invading organisms as well as reinforcing its own defences. The plant defence system can be primed in advance by various compounds that sensitise it to disease, or to other environmental s...
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