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Agriculture
4:57 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Not So Pesky Pests May Help Crops

University of Nebraska

A new study shows bugs might not always be a bad thing for farmers. It’s possible some pests could ultimately do more good than harm to crops across the region by helping them pull through hardships like this year’s drought. Western Illinois University biologist Richard Musser found the saliva of hornworms can turn on frost and drought resistant genes in plants. He says that could have big implications for the agricultural community.

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