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Crop Killing Fungi
2012-10-19 05:11:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An enormous international team of experts, almost 500 members strong, has developed a ranking system of the ten most important phytopathogenic fungi on a scientific and economic level. Topping the list is the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae. A survey conducted among the researchers resulted in a list of the most important phytopathogenic fungi, with each researcher choosing three that he or she thought most significant. The...

2011-03-09 13:50:50

Key finding has the potential to improve corn yields worldwide Smut fungi are agents of disease responsible for significant crop losses worldwide.  Principal Investigator, Dr. Thomas Smith and Research Associate Member, Dr. Dilip Shah at The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center collaborated on a project to develop a variety of corn that is highly resistant to corn smut caused by the fungus, Ustilago maydis. The results of this research are published in the recent article, "Transgenic...

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2010-04-15 07:13:22

A tumor-causing maize fungus with the unsavory-sounding name "corn smut" wields different weapons from its genetic arsenal depending on which part of the plant it infects. The discovery by Stanford researchers marks the first time tissue-specific targeting has been found in a pathogen. The finding upends conventional notions of how pathogens attack and could point the way to new approaches to fighting disease not only in plants but also in people, according to Stanford researchers. Corn smut...

2008-07-19 00:00:22

By LARRY CAPLAN As is usual for this time of year, numerous insect, disease and weather-related problems are creating problems for local gardeners. One interesting injury I'm getting a surprising number of calls on deals with the fruit of blackberries. Some of the drupelets (the tiny "bumps" on the fruit) are failing to turn red and black, but instead remain white. Sometimes the drupelets turn brown and shrivel. There is no rot, signs of mold or insects. This is a condition known as...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.