Growth or Defence – How Plants set Their Priorities
Sulfur belongs to the macro-nutrients and has a variety of tasks in plants. It is not only involved in the synthesis of substances which are important for plant growth, but is also an important component of substances whose function is the defence against diseases and pests. Currently, a research group at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, led by Dr. R Hoefgen, published in cooperation with Dr. Akiko Maruyama-Nakashita and her group (Kyushu University,Japan) in Science Advances how plants determine under sulfur limiting conditions that sulfur is primarily used for growth processes and not for the production of substances which protect them against diseases and pests. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)
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