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Plant cancer

  1. Oct 12, 2005 #1
    Can plants get cancer? I don't see any reason for plants not to get cancer, but i have never heard of a speciies of plant really 'dying' from a cancer of any kind.

    Any answers ppl?
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  4. Oct 14, 2005 #3


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    Agrobacterium tumefaciens is an good example of a bacterium that induces tumors or cancerous growth in plants. The mechanism of induction is the transfer of bacterial genes to plant cells via tumor inducing plasmid. Be careful working with them, they can even infect human cells (reference)

    The second example is a stretch of the term cancer. 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid is a synthetic herbicide. It mimics the activity of the plant hormone auxin (Indole Acetic Acid) causing the excessive cellular growth. If you inject yourself with an excess of substance that mimics our own hormones (e.g. somatotropin-like substance), would the excessive growth be called cancer?
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