Category: Plants, Algae, & Fungi

Life Carries on Even When the Changes are Great

Isidora Silva-Valderrama

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Grapevine Trunk diseases have devastating effects around the globe, and there is no known cure for infected plants. Some of the most destructive pathogens are members of a single fungal family, Botryosphaeriaceae. Can we predict the severity of the infections caused by these pathogens? Can we prevent the next fungal epidemic? Last summer, we inoculated hundreds of grapevine canes with different Botryosphaeriaceae species and quantified their virulence. However, even infected plants grew and produced buds and flowers. Plants teach us resilience, and that life carries on even when the changes are great.