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Rewiring plant defence genes to reduce crop waste

Rewiring plant defence genes to reduce crop waste

Plants can be genetically rewired to resist the devastating effects of disease – significantly reducing crop waste worldwide – according to new research into synthetic biology by the University of Warwick. Led by Professor Declan Bates from the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) and Professor Katherine Denby from the University of York, who is […]

McIntyre’s anti-pest legislation approved

An MEP’s drive to protect farmland, gardens and countryside from deadly plant disease has cleared its final legislative hurdle. A comprehensive set of measures negotiated by Anthea McIntyre to tackle the plant pests that devastate crops and woodland was approved today in Strasbourg at a plenary session of the European Parliament. The Conservative MEP for […]

Parasite provides clues to evolution of plant diseases

Parasite provides clues to evolution of plant diseases

A new study into the generalist parasite Albugo candida (A. candida), cause of white rust1 of brassicas2, has revealed key insights into the evolution of plant diseases to aid agriculture and global food security. How generalist parasites with wide host ranges evolve is a central question in parasite evolution. Parasites adapt in response to their […]

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