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Researchers look at ways to raise healthier poinsettias

STARKVILLE — Researchers at Mississippi State University have found a cost-effective and environmentally friendly strategy for fighting one of the most serious soil-borne diseases in poinsettia production. Pythium stem and root rot is a common problem in poinsettia production because the fungus thrives in cool, saturated and poorly drained soils, said Maria Tomaso-Peterson, associate research professor in MSU’s Department of ...

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Board funds soybean rust detection study

STARKVILLE — Farmers have battled the yield-robbing soybean cyst nematode (SCN) for decades, but they may soon have the tools to detect a SCN infestation faster than ever. Vincent Klink, Ph.D., with the Mississippi State University Department of Biological Sciences has been funded by the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board to research new methods to provide an accurate, rapid assessment of ...

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