Dick Staples, Plant Pathologist, Dies at 94
Dick Staples, Plant Pathologist, Dies at 94
The Boyce Thompson Institute researcher’s work revealed key insights into how plant pathogens recognize and colonize their hosts.
Dick Staples, Plant Pathologist, Dies at 94
Dick Staples, Plant Pathologist, Dies at 94

The Boyce Thompson Institute researcher’s work revealed key insights into how plant pathogens recognize and colonize their hosts.

The Boyce Thompson Institute researcher’s work revealed key insights into how plant pathogens recognize and colonize their hosts.

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Viral Discoveries, 1929
Viral Discoveries, 1929
Max Kozlov | Feb 1, 2021
The “mother of plant virology and serology,” Helen Purdy Beale, developed techniques to understand the nature of viruses that went unappreciated for decades.
Dreaded Banana-Infecting Fungus Spreads to Latin America
Dreaded Banana-Infecting Fungus Spreads to Latin America
Shawna Williams | Aug 20, 2019
Researchers confirm TR4’s presence in Colombia, increasing concerns about the future of the industry.
Antibiotic Ineffective Against Citrus Greening: Study
Antibiotic Ineffective Against Citrus Greening: Study
Ashley P. Taylor | Aug 19, 2019
Oxytetracycline, approved by the US government to combat citrus scourge, may not work—at least not as a spray.
Image of the Day: Raindrop Vortex
Image of the Day: Raindrop Vortex
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 4, 2019
Splashes from raindrops spend fungal spores high enough aloft to be swept away by the wind, researchers observe with high-speed photography.
Bacteria Use Plants’ Trick to Take Their Iron
Bacteria Use Plants’ Trick to Take Their Iron
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2019
Pathogens appear to steal the metal from plants using the erratic motion of microscopic particles.
A Mysterious Disease Is Killing Beech Trees
A Mysterious Disease Is Killing Beech Trees
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 22, 2019
Scientists suspect the rapidly spreading beech leaf disease is due to an unidentified microbe.
USDA Unveils New Gene-Stacking Tool to Prevent Plant Diseases
USDA Unveils New Gene-Stacking Tool to Prevent Plant Diseases
Anne N. Connor | Aug 14, 2018
The European Union says no thanks.
Scientists Can’t Agree on What’s Making Pistachio Trees Sick
Scientists Can’t Agree on What’s Making Pistachio Trees Sick
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2018
A new study ignites debate on the cause of pistachio bushy top syndrome, a disease that has crippled farms in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Caught on Camera
Caught on Camera
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2018
Selected images of the Day from the-scientist.com
How Viruses Attack Plants
How Viruses Attack Plants
Claire Asher | Jan 31, 2018
Viruses are incapable of reproducing without the help of a host, whose cells copy their genetic material and fabricate the building blocks of new virus particles.
Geneticists Engineer a Virus to Fight Citrus Disease
Geneticists Engineer a Virus to Fight Citrus Disease
Diana Kwon | May 17, 2017
Scientists hope to save oranges from a bacterial disease that causes citrus greening, a disease that leads to bitter, discolored fruit.
Researchers Accused of Spreading Disease
Researchers Accused of Spreading Disease
Bob Grant | Dec 21, 2015
Italian scientists are under investigation for allegedly worsening the transmission of a pathogen that is decimating olive groves in Puglia.
TS Picks: June 15, 2015
TS Picks: June 15, 2015
Tracy Vence | Jun 15, 2015
Memory-based dietary assessments; organs-on-a-chip; scientists in Italy accused of spreading plant pathogen
Ancient Plant Virus Found in Caribou Poop
Ancient Plant Virus Found in Caribou Poop
Molly Sharlach | Oct 29, 2014
Researchers resurrect a virus from 700-year-old frozen feces found in northern Canada.
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.
 
Plant Scourges
Plant Scourges
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 31, 2014
A sampling of some of the most devastating crop pathogens