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Basic microbiology research study unexpectedly uncovers practical findings for growers

March 27, 2017
Several USDA-ARS researchers initially set out to describe the microbiology of rye cover crop roots and how they changed over time in a field setting. Among the many microorganisms detected, they found several poorly understood oomycetes, microorganisms often responsible for plant diseases. Because these organisms were also able to cause corn seedling disease, what they unexpectedly discovered was the potential for elevated disease risk in corn following the use of cereal rye as a cover crop. Read more
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