Parasitic plant uses RNA-based communication technique

August 17, 2014 6:43 PM

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Jim Westwood, a scientist who works at Virginia Tech, may have discovered a new way that plants communicate with each other. His findings may also explain better how to combat weeds that weaken food crops in some poor nations.

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

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