Infections are the leading cause of crop loss, accounting for 10% worldwide
New gene discovered that might help crops withstand infections - life short science news

Scientists have found that the hitherto unknown gene SRG1 strengthens the immune response of plants against infections. The expression of this gene stimulated by the production of the gas nitric oxide that plants produce in tiny amounts when they are under bacterial or viral attack. This finding gives more insight in the defense of plants against infections and could help to reduce crop losses.

Read the full story: University of Edinburgh
Scientific publication: Nature Communications