Our researchers have discovered an entirely new approach to agricultural crops protection against microbial pathogens. Pathogenic microbes affecting fruit and vegetables such as potatoes, soybeans, tomatoes, tobacco and vines, secrete a number of harmful molecules that allow the microbes to infect and spread along the plant. The new targeted compounds inhibit those secreted molecules, more specifically NLP proteins, which enable the spreading of microbes into the plant, thus preventing infestation of the plant.