Agricultural Microbiology

Plant biotechnology The promise and the objections

Plant biotechnology : The promise and the objections

Plant biotechnology : The promise and the objections Plant biotechnology can be defined as the use of tissue culture and genetic engineering techniques to produce genetically modified plants that exhibit new or improved desirable characteristics. The desirable characteristics include, among others, better yields, better quality, and greater resistance to adverse factors, including diseases, pests, and …

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Theophrastus, the father of botany

Plant diseases as the wrath of gods by theophrastus

Plant diseases as the wrath of gods by Theophrastus Theophrastus, the “father of botany.” The climate and soil of countries around the eastern Mediterranean Sea, from where many of the first records of antiquity came to us, allow the growth and cultivation of many plants. The most important crop plants for the survival of people …

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Tobacco Mosaic Virus

The Contribution of Tobacco Mosaic Virus to Biology and Medicine

The Contribution of Tobacco Mosaic Virus to Biology and Medicine Tobacco mosaic virus has contributed greatly to our understanding of not only the plant viruses and their effects in plants, but also of the viruses of humans and animals and, furthermore, of the structure and function of the genetic code in all organisms. Some of …

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Phytoalexins

Phytoalexins

Phytoalexins Phytoalexins are toxic antimicrobial substances produced in plants only after stimulation by various types of phytopathogenic microorganisms or by chemical and mechanical injury. Phytoalexins are produced by healthy cells adjacent to localized damaged and necrotic cells in response to materials diffusing from the damaged cells. Phytoalexins are not produced during compatible biotrophic infections. Phytoalexins …

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