+ Plants Repel Bacteria's Assaults by Spying on Their Chatter, Discover Magazine
Researchers discover an impressive ability never seen in plants before
by Veronique Greenwood
Discover Magazine April 2012
Bacteria are quite the talkers. Lying low inside their hosts, they scheme up attacks through coded biochemical messages that are largely imperceptible to the immune systems of plants and animals. But in December researchers published the first evidence that some plants have broken the code, allowing them to listen in on chatter and thwart infection.