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Harnessing Psyllid Peptides to Fight Citrus Greening Disease

Citrus greening disease, also called huanglongbing (HLB), is a bacterial infection of citrus trees that results in small, misshapen and sour fruits that are unsuitable for consumption, ultimately killing the tree.
28-Apr-2020 1:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Wallflowers Could Lead to New Drugs

Plant-derived chemicals called cardenolides – like digitoxin – have long been used to treat heart disease, and have shown potential as cancer therapies. But the compounds are very toxic, making it difficult for doctors to prescribe a dose that...
8-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Hornwort Genomes Could Lead to Crop Improvement

Researchers illuminate the dawn of land plants and discover genes that could help crops grow more efficiently with less synthetic fertilizer.
13-Mar-2020 11:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Speedy Recovery: New Corn Performs Better in Cold

Nearly everyone on Earth is familiar with corn. Literally. Around the world, each person eats an average of 70 pounds of the grain each year, with even more grown for animal feed and biofuel.
29-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Plants Found to Speak Roundworm’s Language

Nematodes are tiny, ubiquitous roundworms that infect plant roots, causing more than $100 billion in crop damage worldwide each year.
9-Jan-2020 2:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Aspirin-Like Compounds Could Treat Numerous Human Diseases

Boyce Thompson Institute researchers discover 95 potential new human protein targets for salicylate compounds and provide a roadmap for future drug development against dozens of diseases.
17-Dec-2019 1:20 PM EST Add to Favorites

Harvesting Genes to Improve Watermelons

When many people think of watermelon, they likely think of Citrullus lanatus, the cultivated watermelon with sweet, juicy red fruit enjoyed around the world as a dessert. Indeed, watermelon is one of the world’s most popular fruits, second only to...
31-Oct-2019 3:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

BTI Researchers Unlocking Hornworts’ Secrets

Figuring out the genetic underpinnings of hornworts’ weird biology could help researchers boost agricultural output, use less fertilizer, and gain new insights into plant evolution.
9-Oct-2019 1:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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