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Spring Planting

Mini-tornadoes of spores shown in raindrop impact

        BLACKSBURG, Va. — Plant diseases are a significant threat to our food security, and while rain provides fresh water to our crops, splashing drops may also contribute to the spread of plant disease. Raindrop impact is known to be a mechanism for dispersing...

‘Scaring’ soybeans yields better crop a generation later

        UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — By temporarily silencing the expression of a critical gene, researchers fooled soybean plants into sensing they were under siege, encountering a wide range of stresses. Then, after selectively cross breeding those plants with the...

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