Can we use bacteria to cure plants?


About the research

Each of us has lost a precious plant to aphids or other insects before. Unfortunately, most insecticides to combat these creatures are often harmful to the environment. That's why Tessa Acar (UGhent) is looking for a new and better pesticide: bacteria. Watch the video to find out why bacteria might be very helpful to protect plants against harmful insects.

Tessa Acar

Bitten by the science-bug, Tessa started her Biochemistry and Biotechnology studies at the University of Ghent in 2012. As she couldn’t decide whether to focus on microbiology or plants, she now studies an intimate relationship between an African yam plant and a bacterium that lives inside this plant. Unraveling the life cycle of this relationship could help us understand how and why bacteria and plants need each other. 

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