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"Plants lack the nervous system of animals and are usually firmly rooted in the ground, making it easy to think of them as being unaware of the world around them. But evidence suggests that plants can indeed sense and actively respond to their environment. When under attack by microbial pathogens, some plants have been shown to recruit beneficial microbes to aid in their defense. A recent study uncovered this phenomenon in tangerine trees infected with the fungus that causes melanose, one of the most destructive diseases of citrus plants worldwide. Researchers identified the microorganisms living on infected and uninfected leaves with both culture-based and DNA sequencing techniques. They found that the infected and uninfected leaves hosted distinct microbial communities, with the microbes occupying infected leaves having beneficial and antifungal characteristics..."
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