Research at QuorumEx focuses primarily of the identification of plant based substances that inhibit bacteria’s ability to communicate with one another. This communication, called quorum sensing, uses qs signaling molecules. The detection of these molecules is critical to the bacteria’s ability to initiate their disease causing activities. To date, we have isolated numerous plant compounds that have this capacity of inhibition.
It is to be expected that plants would have evolved sophisticated mechanisms for minimizing damage caused by bacterial pathogens because plants, no less than humans or other animals, are susceptible to bacterial infection. In fact, they have had far longer to develop defense mechanisms than animals, since they pre-date animals by many hundreds of millions of years.