A team of researchers from MIT and the University of Liege, in Belgium, have shown through high-speed images of raindrops splashing down on leaves that raindrops can act as a dispersing agent of contaminated droplets from one plant to another. (Learn more: http://bit.ly/1DdF2lB)
Historical weather records suggest that rainfall may scatter rust and other pathogens throughout a plant population, the mechanism by which this occurs has not be explored, until now.
Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT
High-speed splash images: Tristan Gilet and Lydia Bourouiba