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Soybean Breeder Works To Stop Spread Of Soybean Virus

November 17, 2010

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Plant scientists report that a new virus is attacking soybeans in southern states.  Dr. Stella Kantartzi, Assistant Professor of Plant and Soil Science, is researching the virus.  Plants showing signs of the virus exhibit yellow splotches near the veins on their leaves.  As the disease takes firm hold on the plant, the patches grow larger and darker, giving the leaf a scorched appearance.   Kantartzi’s work will include investigating DNA markers in plants  that show signs of resisting the virus and working to create varieties that will be resistant to the virus.  For additional information about Dr. Kantartzi’s work, follow the link to the story below.