Plant Milking: On the Trail of Rare Molecules

Plant Milking:  On the Trail of Rare Molecules


I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. A
new technique referred to as “plant milking” could help plants make medicines. Farmers
in working for a company called Plant Advanced Technologies or PAT, are growing plants not
in soil but instead with a mist researchers provide. In this soil-free technique, farmers
spray the plants with liquids that contain traces of insects, bacteria or fungi that
would normally attack the plants. This triggers the plants’ natural defense mechanisms.
In response, the plants produce special molecules that can be used for medicines and cosmetics.
The molecules extracted might one day be used in drugs to help fight cancer or Alzheimer’s
disease, according to PAT.

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