February 2012- Uncovering Natural Plant Defenses

Scientists are on the cutting-edge of finding out how to maximize natural plant defenses and the fresh produce industry could play a valuable role. Learn how research from the San Diego, Calif.-based Salk Institute for Biological Sciences could impact specialty crop producers in California and Arizona. Salk researcher Joseph Noel's groundbreaking studies focus on uncovering special natural defense mechanisms in the wild tomato. Scientists could use those natural chemicals to protect crops from fungus or water mold, for example. Now that's good science!

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