Plant Biology

Plant Biology

A Virus-Like COVID-19 Vaccine is Being Grown in Tobacco Plants

Currently, there are close to two hundred coronavirus vaccine candidates in development, 42 of which have entered clinical trials. Out of these 42 candidates, one is unique: it is the only one to be produced in a plant. The Quebec City-based biopharmaceutical company, Medicago, has harnessed the speed and efficiency of plants to produce a

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Dropping Acid: A Bacterial Tactic to Evade Detection and Boost Plant Growth

Beneficial bacteria lower soil pH by releasing gluconic acid to suppress host plant immune responses Plant roots are constantly interacting with various species of microbes which have varying degrees of impact on plant growth. The rhizosphere, known as the zone immediately surrounding plant roots is mostly home to harmless microbes, but some are pathogenic and

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The Future is Bright: Creating Fluorescent Petunias with Marine-Derived Genes

With the rise of easy methods for creating and administering transgenes, there has been an exponential increase in genetically modified organisms. From crops which resist disease and tolerate drought, to viruses designed to deliver gene therapies to treat genetic disorders, scientists continue to push the boundaries of genetic manipulation. Recently published in Nature, Chin et

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