Plants Secretly Communicate with Help of RNA

August 16, 2014 1:38 PM

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Plants Secretly Communicate with Help of RNA

According to a study published Thursday in journal Science, Virginia Tech scientist James Westwood has discovered that species of the strangleweed plant are capable of sharing genetic information in the form of messenger RNA molecules (mRNA). This allows communication between the parasite and the host.

The relationship between a dodder, tomatoes, Arabiopsis, 2 host plants and a parasitic plant was examined. It was found out that the plants' RNA was travelling through the dodder appendage used to suck moisture and nutrients out of the hosts (called the haustorium). During this parasitic relationshi...

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