ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- This bi-monthly column condenses the latest news in the field of crop technology, research and products.
CLEVER CHEMISTRY PROTECTS A MAJOR PEST
While you were setting fires with Bunsen burners or falling asleep in your high school chemistry class, the fall armyworm was clearly taking notes. The major row-crop pest has devised a clever chemical switcheroo to neutralize a corn plant's natural defenses against it, according to a new study from scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.
Grasses and other crops often produce toxins called benzoxazinoids to protect themselves against insect attacks, an ...