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Candy cane strategy sweetens life for goldenrods

Roadside plants that strike the pose appear to get some protection from galling pest attacks

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6:01pm, December 24, 2008

Plants haven’t dodged a shoe, but they can duck aerial attackers, says a new study.

Some tall goldenrods temporarily crook the tops of their stems in a candy-cane shape when gall midges are flying at full force, says Michael Wise of the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce.

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