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Viruses found to boost plants’ tolerance to stress [Registered]

While most farmers consider viruses and fungi potential threats to their crops, these microbes can help wild plants adapt to extreme conditions, according to a Penn State University virologist professor Marilyn Roossinck. Roossinck reported the findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, on 17th February. She and her colleagues found an example of a collaboration between plants and viruses that confer drought tolerance to many different crop plants. The researchers tested four different viruses and several different plants, including crops such as rice, tomato, squash and beets, and showed that the…

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