Monthly Archives: March 2015

Some Things Never Change: Introducing Receptors Could Improve Defence.

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Flowering plants are divided into two major groups (the monocots and dicots) which split apart 150 million years ago.  Schoonbeek et al. show that a receptor can be moved from Arabidopsis thaliana (a dicot) into rice (a monocot), and this can make the rice more resistant to disease.

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Project: Cotyledon Mash and the Fat Lazy Pathogen

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Part of my masters this year has been a lab-based project. My project involves looking at whether a vanillin-based product can induce defence responses in broad bean, therefore making it more resistant to infection. This post will look at how I’ve been going on.

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The Hero Within?

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Not all microbes are bad. Recently the importance of the microbes in the guts of humans is becoming clear, but it’s not just animals that benefit from the microbes inside of them- so do plants, and these microbes could have potential in farming.

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