02 September 1997
Jellyfish gene to shed light on fungus

JELLYFISH could in future save on the use of pesticides and fungicides.

Scientists from Edinburgh, in Scotland, are using the luminous gene from a jelly fish to light up tobacco plants when they are attacked by fungus.

Crops could one day gleam when attacked, so farmers might be able to head off trouble.

  • The Guardian 02/09/97 page 11