bacteria and sweet potatoes

Agrobacterium and Sweet Potato Ecological Relationship

A friend of mine came across a fun article on a National Public Radio blog on transgenic organisms (genetic combination of two or more organisms that don't naturally breed) cultivated for thousands of years. Scientists have found that many variations of sweet potato, now grown all over the world, have an relationship with a class of … Continue reading Agrobacterium and Sweet Potato Ecological Relationship

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fungi fruiting bodies

The Value of Best Friends for a Plant in the Tropics

Your average plant would not survive without fungi.  In all regions of the world and among almost all plants, mycorhizzal fungi essentially are socks.  As you would cover your feet with a sock, plants cover their roots with fungi.  However, while socks can wick moisture and keep you warm, mycorhizzal (my-co-rise-uhl) fungi provide plants with … Continue reading The Value of Best Friends for a Plant in the Tropics