UK Plant Disease Research Finding May Benefit Humans

Researchers at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment have found that plant lipids play an important role in the defense against pathogens. They also found that these lipids might possibly play a role in humans’ ability to fight diseases. Lipids are fats, oils or waxes, but it is galactolipids, lipids containing sugar galactose, that allows the plant to fend off secondary infections. Pradeep Kachroo and his wife, Aardra, the researchers who have been working on this study, are still trying to find out if these galactolipids work the same way in humans when it comes to disease resistance. You can get galactolipids just buy eating plants, like spinach.

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