UBC Microbiology: Beneficial microbes protect plants from pathogen attacks
“Understanding how beneficial microbes are recruited has the potential to be used in agriculture to sustainably protect plants from pathogens. ”
Dr. Cara Haney, CSFS associate and professor in UBC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, conducted research on how plants can recruit beneficial bacteria (i.e. their microbiome) to protect against pathogens. This is part of a phenomenon known as “disease suppressive soils”, and is a promising agricultural method to prevent pathogen damage to plants.