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Crop Tech Corner
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Nov 17, 2014 02:16 PM CST

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- This bi-monthly column condenses the latest news in the field of crop technology, research and products.

PLANTS SUNBATHE SAFELY

While you were lathering and re-lathering yourself with SPF-50 sunscreen this past summer, your crops were smugly and automatically producing their own vastly superior sunscreen. This discovery comes from a new study led by Purdue chemistry professor Timothy Zwier. Previous research from another Purdue scientist has shown that a group of molecules called sinapate esters act as a natural plant sunscreen. Plants bred without the molecules burned like an Irishman in Fiji and were withered and stunted. ...

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