Underground plant networks warn of enemy attacks

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Plants receive information through fungal networks that enables them to fight infestation, discovered researchers at the University of Aberdeen.

Those connected to an infested plant through mycelia fungus pre-emptively produced chemicals to repel predatory aphids, unlike those without the same connections.

Scientists believe crop management techniques that exploit this natural communication could help effectively combat insect pests.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2013


  • Farming
  • Crops
  • Plants
  • Fungi


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