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The seed’s hidden defense arsenal: using bacteria to defend against disease

Stable cereal production plays an important role in maintaining a food supply for the world’s growing population. However, seed-borne bacterial diseases can limit crop production and quality. This has been aggravated in recent decades by changes in both the global climate and modern farming techniques.... click to read more

  • Haruna Matsumoto | PhD Student at Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Crop Pathogens and Insects, Ministry of Agriculture, Institute of Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
  • Tomislav Cernava | Professor at Institute of Environmental Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
  • Mengcen Wang | Principal Investigator at Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Crop Pathogens and Insects, Ministry of Agriculture, Institute of Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Views 1857
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 10, 2022
Be prepared: How do baby plants protect themselves before escaping the seed?

Most terrestrial ecosystems are currently dominated by seed plants, a large family encompassing conifers, deciduous trees, grasses and many others. One explanation for their incredible success comes from the structure that nourishes and protects the embryo during its early development - the seed. Inside the... click to read more

  • N.M. Doll | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Laboratoire Reproduction et Développement des Plantes, University of Lyon, ENS de Lyon, UCB Lyon 1, CNRS, INRAE, F-69342, Lyon, France
  • Gwyneth C. Ingram | Professor at Laboratoire Reproduction et Développement des Plantes, University of Lyon, ENS de Lyon, UCB Lyon 1, CNRS, INRAE, F-69342, Lyon, France.
Views 2674
Reading time 2.5 min
published on Oct 20, 2020