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'Sneezing' Plants Contribute to Disease Proliferation

Virginia Tech researchers discovered that wheat plants "sneezing" off condensation could vastly affect the spread of spore-borne diseases, such as wheat leaf rust, which can cause crop yield losses of up to 20 percent or more in the United States and even higher losses in less developed agricultural nations.

NIFA supports this research through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

Read the article at VT News.

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