Parasitic bacteria have learned to turn plants into "zombies"

Over the years, scientists have found several examples of how different organisms parasitize on others. V

process, it loses independent control overown existence. One of the most impressive examples is the work of fungi from the genus Ophiocordyceps, which control the body of tropical ants, turning them into "zombies".

In a new study, scientists found thatparasitic bacteria from the genus Phytoplasma have a similar effect, only on plants. The action of microbes causes serious disruptions in development, as a result of which the plants cease to bloom and bear fruit. They get stuck in childhood.

Responsible for this is the bacterial protein SAP05.Its bacteria produce it in large quantities, and then it enters plant tissues and cells. It interferes with the work of the structure, which are responsible for the processing of protein "waste".

As a result, the plant begins to destroyonly damaged molecules, but also to reduce the activity of the most important signals that are responsible for stopping growth and the transition to flowering and fruiting. Because of this, the plant falls into "eternal childhood" and begins to spend all resources on the growth of new leaves and shoots, in fact becoming a "zombie", obeying the will of the bacteria.

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