“Soyjacked” — The Discovery Files

A group of scientists led by the University of Missouri have been studying the cyst nematode and have found clues as to how they use small chains of amino acids, or peptides, to feed on soybean roots. Now, nematodes engage in a little “molecular mimicry,” producing identical peptides to activate the same process. Hijacking the stem cells to create feeding sites — for nutrient delivery straight to nematode town.