Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects
Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wants to help pave the way for creating environmentally friendly tools to replace insecticides to control agricultural pests.
Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects
Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wants to help pave the way for creating environmentally friendly tools to replace insecticides to control agricultural pests.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wants to help pave the way for creating environmentally friendly tools to replace insecticides to control agricultural pests.

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Image of the Day: On the Attack
Image of the Day: On the Attack
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 11, 2019
This caterpillar secretes acid to get past the defenses of the plant on which it preys.
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to develop and defend itself.
Planting Independence: A Profile of Katayoon Dehesh
Planting Independence: A Profile of Katayoon Dehesh
Anna Azvolinsky | Feb 1, 2018
After a harrowing escape from Iran, Dehesh never shied away from difficult choices to pursue a career in plant biology.
How Manipulating the Plant Microbiome Could Improve Agriculture
How Manipulating the Plant Microbiome Could Improve Agriculture
Davide Bulgarelli | Feb 1, 2018
It has become increasingly evident that, like animals, plants are not autonomous organisms but rather are populated by a cornucopia of diverse microorganisms.
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Claire Asher | Feb 1, 2018
Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Abby Olena | Jul 10, 2017
Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.
Widespread Plant Immune Tactics
Widespread Plant Immune Tactics
Jef Akst | Feb 22, 2016
A survey of plant genomes reveals how different species trick pathogens into triggering their immune defenses.
Buzzed Honeybees
Buzzed Honeybees
Karen Zusi | Oct 20, 2015
Caffeinated nectar makes bees more loyal to a food source, even when foraging there is suboptimal.
Fragmented Landscapes, More Outbreaks?
Fragmented Landscapes, More Outbreaks?
Shreya Dasgupta | Jun 13, 2014
Study finds that ribwort plants in well-connected populations fare better when exposed to a fungal pathogen than those in isolated patches.
 
Stranger than Fiction
Stranger than Fiction
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jan 1, 2014
Plant biology: You can't make this stuff up.
Fungus Versus Plant
Fungus Versus Plant
Ruth Williams | Oct 3, 2013
The crop-destroying gray mold fungus uses RNA weapons to disable plant defenses and invade.
New Organelle: The Tannosome
New Organelle: The Tannosome
Kerry Grens | Sep 23, 2013
Researchers identify a structure in plants responsible for the production of tannins.
Fungus-Fighting Genes
Fungus-Fighting Genes
Ruth Williams | Jun 27, 2013
Two genes from wild relatives of wheat could save domestic wheat from fungal destruction.
Plants Communicate with Help of Fungi
Plants Communicate with Help of Fungi
Dan Cossins | May 14, 2013
Symbiotic fungi on the roots of bean plants can act as an underground signaling network, transmitting early warnings of impending aphid attacks.
 
Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Fighting Microbes with Microbes
Amy Coombs | Jan 1, 2013
Doctors turn to good microbes to fight disease. Will the same strategy work with crops?
Timed Defense
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 16, 2012
Plants’ circadian clocks help them gear for attack by herbivores.