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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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What’s That Perfume Called?

Ok, so my plan is that this blog will be about my project and journal or news articles I find interesting. However, I want to take a break from that for a second.

In my project I’m using Botrytis pathogens, it’s commonly known as grey mould. Botrytis itself has a musty/damp smell and if you infect leaves they’ll soon smell like rotting leaves (I know, it’s shocking) so imagine my surprise when I come across this:

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Project: Vanilla, an elicitor of plant defence?

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For my  project I am looking into whether a product based on vanilla can elicit defence responses in plants. I covered why there’s research into natural products in my last post.

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