Plant virus spreads by making life easy for crop pests

Monday, December 29, 2008 - 12:41 in Biology & Nature

An ancient virus uses subterfuge to trick its host plant into lowering its defenses against pests, according to new research from The Rockefeller University. The result is that the pests that carry the virus flourish, spreading the virus ever faster. Researchers show how one molecule is behind all the mischief.

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