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Deterring signals: Tobacco plants advertise their defensive readiness to attacking leafhoppers
Date:5/23/2012

signaling mutants and are excited to see which genetic variations we will find", Ian Baldwin continued.

Nicotiana attenuata: Model plant for ecological and agricultural studies

The native tobacco plant Nicotiana attenuata is a model system studied in the Department of Molecular Ecology to scrutinize ecological interactions. By studying how this native plant has adapted to life in its ecological niche, the scientists hope to find means of increasing the ecological sophistication of our agricultural crops and develop lower input and more sustainable agricultural practices. The study presented here shows that the use of transgenic plants in field experiments is crucial for gaining new insights in the complexity of chemical and ecological interactions. [JWK/AO]


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Contact: Ian T. Baldwin
baldwin@ice.mpg.de
435-703-4029
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
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