Researchers in Thailand are in trenches learning about new ways soil bacteria fight off plant pathogens. A Streptomyces was shown to produce a compound that makes plant pathogenic bacteria unable to communicate. Bacterial communication is known as Quorum Sensing, and is shut down by Quorum Quenching Enzymes produced by Streptomyces. Normally, these pathogenic bacteria need to communicate in order to coordinate a successful attack against the host organism. Streptomyces squashes their communication by destroying the chemical signals being sent among the pathogens. It's kinda like blowing up the enemies communication towers. Scientists were able to extract the QQE and successfully use it against the potato soft rot fungus. Click the image to read the full article.
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