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Potato parasite’s 'toolkit’ revealed

Potato parasite’s 'toolkit’ revealed

Plant parasitic nematode (top right) causing local swelling of root tissue
“Using this information we will now be able to much better target how we can prevent nematode infection.

Parasitic nematode worms are the 'hidden enemy’ of farmers worldwide, causing billions of pounds worth of crop damage every year.

Now an international research collaboration led by the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute has detailed the genome sequence and inner workings of the yellow potato cyst nematode (PCN), giving scientists new insights into how it can be stopped.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute