Navigation Links
Plants may use newly discovered language to communicate, Virginia Tech scientist discovers
Date:8/14/2014

A Virginia Tech scientist has discovered a potentially new form of plant communication, one that allows them to share an extraordinary amount of genetic information with one another.

The finding by Jim Westwood, a professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, throws open the door to a new arena of science that explores how plants communicate with each other on a molecular level. It also gives scientists new insight into ways to fight parasitic weeds that wreak havoc on food crops in some of the poorest parts of the world.

His findings were published on Aug. 15 in the journal Science.

"The discovery of this novel form of inter-organism communication shows that this is happening a lot more than any one has previously realized," said Westwood, who is an affiliated researcher with the Fralin Life Science Institute. "Now that we have found that they are sharing all this information, the next question is, 'What exactly are they telling each other?'."

Westwood examined the relationship between a parasitic plant, dodder, and two host plants, Arabidopsis and tomatoes. In order to suck the moisture and nutrients out of the host plants, dodder uses an appendage called a haustorium to penetrate the plant. Westwood has previously broken new ground when he found that during this parasitic interaction, there is a transport of RNA between the two species. RNA translates information passed down from DNA, which is an organism's blueprint.

His new work expands this scope of this exchange and examines the mRNA, or messenger RNA, which sends messages within cells telling them which actions to take, such as which proteins to code. It was thought that mRNA was very fragile and short-lived, so transferring it between species was unimaginable.

But Westwood found that during this parasitic relationship, thousands upon thousands of mRNA molecules
'/>"/>

Contact: Zeke Barlow
bzeke@vt.edu
540-231-5417
Virginia Tech
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Native Northwest prairie plants being grown at 3 sites under future climate conditions
2. Tricking plants to see the light may control the most important twitch on Earth
3. Saving seeds the right way can save the worlds plants
4. An increase in temperature by 2050 may be advantageous to the growth of forage plants
5. Fecal transplants let packrats eat poison
6. Size and age of plants impact their productivity more than climate, study shows
7. First comprehensive library of master genetic switches in plants
8. Discovery provides insights on how plants respond to elevated CO2 levels
9. Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insects chewing, MU study finds
10. Bioengineer receives $2.9 million grant to improve brain implants
11. Fecal transplants restore healthy bacteria and gut functions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Plants may use newly discovered language to communicate, Virginia Tech scientist discovers
(Date:3/31/2015)... 2015   Guidepoint , a leading global research ... Pain Management TRACKER, part of the Guidepoint TRACKER ... the medical device and therapeutics markets. The Post-Surgical Pain ... volumes, market share, and adoption rates across three major ... surgery. The Post-Surgical Pain Management TRACKER will ...
(Date:3/24/2015)... DUBLIN , Mar. 24, 2015 Research and ... addition of the "Global Iris Recognition Market 2015-2019" ... forecast the Global Iris Recognition market to grow at ... This report covers the present scenario and ... for the period 2015-2019. To calculate the market size, ...
(Date:3/24/2015)... GARDENS, Fla. , March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... identity management solutions, today announced that its U.are.U ... clothing accessory retailer Goorin Bros . to ... Crossmatch biometrics-based solution secures access to the POS ... the increased risk of data breaches. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Guidepoint Launches Post-Surgical Pain Management TRACKER 2Guidepoint Launches Post-Surgical Pain Management TRACKER 3Global Iris Recognition Market 2015-2019 with 3M Cogent, Bioenable Technologies, Cross Match Technology, Iris ID Systems & Safran Dominating 2Crossmatch Fingerprint Readers Help Retailer Prevent Data Breaches at Point-of-Sale 2
... A major factor in the advance of heart disease is ... of scientists at Temple University School of Medicine,s (TUSM) Center ... Now, the researchers are one step closer to achieving that ... an unexpected place in heart cells mitochondria, tiny energy ...
... adding statistical nuance to our understanding of how modern ... model of Arctic temperature and how it relates to ... and lake sediments, Martin Tingley, a research associate in ... Huybers, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, have shown ...
... and biomolecular engineering professor,s theories on crystal formation will ... Professor Peter Vekilov received a grant from NASA to ... form crystals. While researchers understand how crystals grow, they ... liquid to crystal. Vekilov discovered in 2004 that ...
Cached Biology News:Clues to heart disease in unexpected places, Temple researchers discover 2Clues to heart disease in unexpected places, Temple researchers discover 3New research helps place modern temperatures into a more complete statistical framework 2University of Houston engineering researcher's theories to be tested in space 2
(Date:5/5/2015)... CAMBRIDGE, Mass. , May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... the closing of its initial public offering of ... offering price of $18.00 per share, including shares ... by the underwriters of their option to purchase ... public offering to Blueprint Medicines were approximately $168.6 million, ...
(Date:5/5/2015)... Hayden-McNeil is pleased to announce they ... for smaller courses. This program is specifically designed for ... , “I’m very excited about offering our publishing ... said Jeff McCarthy, Hayden-McNeil president. “By working with more ... to make education both more effective and affordable.” , ...
(Date:5/5/2015)... 5, 2015  Renova™ Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company ... and other chronic diseases, has engaged RAND Health ... to reflect the healthcare patterns of multiple advanced ... be used to characterize the impact the company,s ... those groups of patients and the overall health ...
(Date:5/5/2015)... 2015 Franz Inc ., the leading ... that its flagship product, AllegroGraph, has been named a Champion ... Update report. AllegroGraph is a high performance Semantic ... standards. Graph databases are skyrocketing in popularity and have grown ... recent DBMS ranking by DB-Engines. , “We are ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Blueprint Medicines Announces Closing of Initial Public Offering 2Hayden-McNeil Expands Publishing Program to Service Lower Enrollment Courses 2RAND Health Advisory Services modeling heart failure patient outcomes to inform potential impact of Renova Therapeutics lead product candidate 2RAND Health Advisory Services modeling heart failure patient outcomes to inform potential impact of Renova Therapeutics lead product candidate 3Bloor Research Positions AllegroGraph as a ‘Champion’ in Burgeoning Graph Database Market 2Bloor Research Positions AllegroGraph as a ‘Champion’ in Burgeoning Graph Database Market 3
... Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) ... of Omrix Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., a fully-integrated biopharmaceutical company that ... is expected to operate as a stand-alone entity reporting ... Johnson & Johnson , Caring for the world, ...
... SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 30 Accuray Incorporated,(Nasdaq: ARAY ... today,that its president and chief executive officer, Euan S. Thomson, ... Healthcare Conference in San,Francisco, on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at ... A live webcast of the presentation will be available ...
... and PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania,December 29 Rosetta Genomics, ... molecular diagnostics, announced,today the introduction of its ... now commercially available through Rosetta Genomics CLIA-certified,lab ... To order the test, physicians may contact ...
Cached Biology Technology:Accuray Incorporated's CEO to Speak at 27th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference 2Rosetta Genomics Announces Commercial Availability of Its Third MicroRNA-Based Diagnostic Test: miRview(TM) meso 2Rosetta Genomics Announces Commercial Availability of Its Third MicroRNA-Based Diagnostic Test: miRview(TM) meso 3Rosetta Genomics Announces Commercial Availability of Its Third MicroRNA-Based Diagnostic Test: miRview(TM) meso 4Rosetta Genomics Announces Commercial Availability of Its Third MicroRNA-Based Diagnostic Test: miRview(TM) meso 5
... Slotted migration Chamber lid allows easy gel ... One-touch connectors for easy set up between power ... prevents current flow if the lid is removed ... and durability., Remote control can be ...
... ProFound Label Transfer Sulfo SBED Protein:Protein ... known as Label Transfer has rapidly gained ... protein interaction discovery. A growing number of ... Biotin Label Transfer Reagent to study a ...
... compact benchtop and stackable multi-function incubator. ... a large display screen to accurately ... circulation inside to evenly distribute temperature ... easily calibrated from the microprocessor controller. ...
... label transfer is fast emerging as a ... and confirmation. Until now, only amino groups ... label transfer reagents such as our Sulfo-SBED. ... Mts-Atf-LC-Biotin, are exciting additions to the protein ...
Biology Products: