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Fighting fungal weapons, not fungi

Selective compounds engineered to battle crop disease, not harm beneficial species

8:21pm, March 23, 2009
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SALT LAKE CITY — Fungi don't kill plants, fungal weapons do. So scientists are developing strategies to selectively interfere with the fungal arsenal. Researchers have created several compounds that target an enzyme that fungi use to thwart plant defense systems. 
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