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2009-05-11 11:37:54

Arborists in Wisconsin say action must be taken to protect oak trees in the southeastern portion of the state from spreading oak wilt disease. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Sunday while oak wilt disease has been present in Wisconsin for a long time, the cousin of Dutch elm disease has been becoming more prevalent in the state of late. It's getting worse and worse, tree care consultant David Farina said of the ongoing spread of oak wilt disease, which is spread via the trees' roots or by...

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2008-08-31 13:15:00

The tick-tock of your biological clock may have just gotten a little louder. Researchers at the University of Georgia report that the number of genes under control of in living things than suspected only a few years ago. The biological clock in a much-studied model organism is dramatically higher than previously reported. The new study implies that the clock may be much more important "This new finding may help to explain why the clock is so far-reaching in its effects on the organism," said...

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2008-07-01 14:37:46

The USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) today announced that an SRS scientist and other researchers have officially named the fungus responsible for killing redbay and other trees in the coastal plains of northeastern Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Lead author and Iowa State University Plant Pathologist Tom Harrington, co-author and SRS Plant Pathologist Stephen Fraedrich, and Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences Researcher D.N. Aghayeva unveiled the name, Raffaelea...

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2008-05-08 14:15:00

MU scientist found mechanism that "Ëœsilences' unmatched genes during cellular reproduction When most people discover mold on their bread, they immediately throw it out. Others see a world of possibilities in the tiny fungus. A University of Missouri scientist, along with a collaborative research team, has examined a new mechanism in the reproductive cycle of a certain species of mold. This mechanism protects the organism from genetic abnormalities by "silencing" unmatched genes...

2005-07-05 14:11:01

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Efforts to halt a fungus that deprives about 60 million people a year of food have led Purdue University scientists to discover the molecular machinery that enables the pathogen to blast its way into rice plants. The fungus, Magnaporthe grisea, which is known as rice blast fungus, is the most deadly of the pathogens that attack rice, reducing yields by as much as 75 percent in infected areas. Learning how the fungus tricks rice's natural defenses against pathogens to...

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2005-04-21 07:45:32

PARIS (AFP) -- Scientists have unravelled the genome of the rice plant's greatest fungal menace, a harvest-wrecking foe that each year destroys the potential to feed 60 million people. Magnaporthe grisea is the first pathogenic plant fungus to have its genetic code unravelled, a feat that the researchers hope will open the way to newer, smarter and less damaging weapons against this menace. M. grisea, also called rice blast, comprises windborne spores that stick to the leaves of the rice...