Harsh Bais, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has been featured in “The Scientist” magazine for his work with beneficial microbes.
The study featured in the article takes a look at how plants rely on bacteria and fungi for health and defense, and how plant biologists are starting to look at ways in which they can use beneficial soil microbes to aid plants as a sort of vaccine.
Bais is quoted in the article as explaining “The idea is that we can reduce pesticide and fungicide use by utilizing the microbiome. But we need to know more about the mechanisms of action; relationships between microbes and plants are very complex.”
To read the full article on the Scientist website, click here.