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Plants Use RNA to Talk to Neighbors
A study finds that plants sharing the same growth medium can exchange microRNAs that silence genes in the recipient, suggesting the nucleic acids may act as signaling molecules.
ABOVE: Peggy Greb, USDA ARS
Plants Use RNA to Talk to Neighbors
Plants Use RNA to Talk to Neighbors

A study finds that plants sharing the same growth medium can exchange microRNAs that silence genes in the recipient, suggesting the nucleic acids may act as signaling molecules.

A study finds that plants sharing the same growth medium can exchange microRNAs that silence genes in the recipient, suggesting the nucleic acids may act as signaling molecules.

ABOVE: Peggy Greb, USDA ARS

Plant Communication

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