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Study Finds 2,4-D May Increase Crops' Water, Nutrient Needs

2:23 PM MST | November 23, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Crops thought to be unaffected by a widely-used herbicide may in fact need more water or nutrients to grow, according to a Department of Energy-funded study recently published in The Plant Journal. According to lead researcher and Perdue University horticulture professor Angus Murphy, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) can adversely affect a plant protein integral to the development of plant root hairs, which bring water and nutrients into the plant. "It's something that we have to be aware of with the commercial introduction of 2,4-D resistant soybeans...

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