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Dec. 8, 2020

Maize outpaces soybeans in fighting off fungal invasions

Sudden death syndrome is a devastating disease that afflicts soybean crops, causing annual losses in U.S. soybean yields in excess of 274 million dollars. New Michigan State University research shows that the trick to surviving the disease might be a matter of timing when to mount a defense response.

The new study compares how the fungus F. virguliforme, which causes SDS, interacts with both soybean and maize crops and examines why maize remain healthy despite fungal invasion. The study is published in the journal "The Plant Cell."

Read the full story on the College of Natural Sciences website.

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