Tomatoes emit a scent that could protect crops from bacterias

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Researchers from Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (University of Valencia) have published a study in “Frontiers in Plant Science” demonstrating that tomatoes emit a scent called “hexenyl butyrate” (HB) to resist attacks from bacterias, and this scent could be use in other plants.

"The application of this compound in crops would allow the sector to have a new natural strategy to improve the yield of crops," said the researcher of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants, Purificación Lisón. The compound, she adds, is capable of closing stomata "which is the key in the protection of the plant", and there is no product on the market with these properties.

Among its properties, this compound also stands out for its null toxicity.

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