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Biologists may have solved a 30-year-old mystery on why touch stresses plants out


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Scientists have long known that touching plants can set off a stress reaction in them – but until now it hasn't been exactly clear how that worked at a molecular level, something that a new study hopes to shed light on.

The researchers behind the study have identified certain genetic keys inside plants that lead to two separate signaling pathways, explaining why plants react so strongly to being touched.

Understanding more about how this process works at a fundamental level could help researchers in a variety of different areas, from improving plant health to getting higher harvest yields from the same crop.

https://www.sciencealert.com/study-shows-exactly-how-touch-can-stress-plants-out

The research has been published in Science Advances.

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abm2091

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