Plants trick bacteria into attacking too soon

Compound makes pathogens vulnerable to botanical defenses

raspberry leaf and microbes

This raspberry leaf (in a closeup, colorized electron micrograph) is covered in a biofilm of bacteria and fungi. Rosmarinic acid may keep bacterial visitors from overtaking a plant.

Stefan Diller/Science Source

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