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Plants recognise pests in US studies

US researchers have shown that plants distinguish between the feeding of different types of pests and respond accordingly. In one of the broadest studies of its kind, scientists at the University of Missouri found that plants can recognise attacks from diverse kinds of insects, such as caterpillars and aphids, and that the plants respond differently to each attack. Identifying these defence genes could allow plant breeders to target specific insect species when developing pest-resistant crops, they point out.

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