How Raindrops Spread Pathogens Among Plants – MIT News

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:

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

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