Researchers from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Superior Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) have shown that an aroma emitted by tomatoes can protect other crops from infections or drought.
According to the study, which has been published in the journal "Frontiers in Plant Science", tomatoes emit said volatile compound, called "hexenyl butyrate", to resist the attacks of bacteria, which could be used in other plants, reports the UPV in a statement. "The application of this compound would allow the agricultural sector to have a new natural strategy to improve the yield of crops," said the researcher of the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Plant Biology (UPV-CSIC), Purificación Lisón.
The expert also points out that the treatments with this compound "would protect the crops against biotic and abiotic stresses in a simple, cheap and very effective way." The compound, she adds, is capable of closing the stomata, "which is the key to the plant's protection," and there is no product on the market with these properties.
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