Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A vaccine for edible plants? A new plant protection method on the horizon

A vaccine for edible plants? A new plant protection method on the horizon

Novel technologies are being sought to replace the traditional pesticides used to protect plants, particularly edible plants such as cereals. A new collaborative project between the University of Helsinki and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is shedding light on the efficacy of environmentally friendly RNA-based vaccines that protect plants from diseases and pests. Plant diseases and pests cause considerable crop losses and threaten global food security.

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