Crops vs. Disease: How Heat changes Bio-Warfare


By Max Johnston

When looking at the fight between crops and bacteria, it might help to think of it as a battle.

Attack and Defense. Bacteria tries to penetrate a plant’s armor and take it over. Plants build up their armor, and parry with acids and chemicals.

Researchers at Michigan State University have looked into this battle, and the role heat plays in the fight. Bethany Huot is the lead author of a study out of MSU’s plant research laboratory. Her team’s research focuses on how heat factors into this ‘bio-warfare.’

We talked about the battle between plants and pathogens and much more.

Listen to that interview here.

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