Prior exposure to powdery mildew makes plants more vulnerable to subsequent disease

Monday, August 31, 2020 - 13:30 in Biology & Nature

A key to surviving in the wild is fighting off infection -- and not just once. For plants, as with humans, one infection may or may not leave a plant with lasting immunity. Biologists conducted a series of elegant experiments that capture how pathogen strains naturally accumulate on plants over a growing season. Their findings reveal the importance of understanding interactions among pathogens when developing strategies for maintaining healthy crop populations.

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