Microscopic life affecting plants

12.14.12

Article in Science Daily Response;


The more I find out about the activity of microscopic life, the more fascinated I am about what is going on at that tiny level and how it affects our ability to grow healthy plants.


Scientists have long known that certain fungi kill parasitic nematodes, but now they have partially decoded how the fungi detect nematodes. Maintaining biodiversity in the soil is critical to sustaining plant health and reducing the need to apply pesticides.

Some of these fungi are used for biocontrol to try and keep nematodes away from certain plant roots. Knowing more about what stimulates the organisms to make traps might allow for the development of better biocontrol preparations, says Paul Sternberg one of the study’s authors.


Barry Draycott

Tech Terra Environmental


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