Tag Archives: phytoplasmas

Spare a thought for Poinsettias this Christmas

 
Poinsettias are a common part of Christmas floral displays but their economic success is partially due to infection by a pathogen.

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Plants vs. Zombifying Pathogen

Many of us are familiar with the ‘zombie fungus’ (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis) which turns ants into ‘zombies’. The fungus is able to manipulate the ant behaviour to its own ends, which are to find the best spot to release its spores for reproduction, one of these released spores might land on another ant and the cycle can continue. This is not an isolated case and there are other examples this ‘zombifying’ behaviour in animals, it is also seen in plants.

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