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Canadians confound fungal pathogens

Canadian researchers are developing anti-fungal agents that counter the actions of pathogens against a plant’s natural defence mechanisms. Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) call the agents “paldoxins”, which is short for phytoalexin detoxification inhibitors. They have tested the substances in the laboratory on brassicas and plan to conduct field tests on a range of crops, including cereals. Paldoxins can be applied like conventional fungicides, the scientists say. The research was presented at the American Chemical Society national meeting in March.

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