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Plant Sensing and Communication in Agriculture and Medicine

Plant Sensing and Communication in Agriculture and Medicine

Chapter:
(p.163) 10 Plant Sensing and Communication in Agriculture and Medicine
Source:
Plant Sensing and Communication
Author(s):
Richard Karban
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226264844.003.0010

It may be possible to manipulate the cues or the communication process to produce plant phenotypes or products that are useful in agriculture or medicine. We have attempted to manipulate resource acquisition and allocation, tolerance to abiotic stresses, induced responses to pathogens and herbivores, and the timing and effort allocated to reproduction. Many pharmaceutical drugs are natural products resulting from interactions between microbes and/or plants. By understanding and altering these interactions, we may improve our collection of useful medicines.

Keywords:   agriculture, allocation, medicine

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