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Research: Genetically Modified Wheat Repels Aphids

3:23 AM MDT | March 29, 2012 | Sotirios Frantzanas

A team of researchers at Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, the U.K.), an agricultural research organization, is conducting a field experiment to test the effectiveness of its genetically modified (GM) wheat which repels aphids. The technology combines modern genetic engineering with the knowledge of Rothamsted scientists on natural plant defences. The GM wheat plant developed by the group generates high levels of an odour, which is produced by aphids to alert one another to danger and by some plants as a natural defence mechanism mechanism, Rothamsted...

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