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Potatoes and vitamins

Bob Larson reports for AgInfo. New studies here in the Northwest US are showing promise for fighting devastating diseases like Potato Virus Y, he says.

From Oregon State University Hermiston Ag Research and Extension Center, professor Aymeric Goyer says it’s kind of like a person visiting the doctor to get vaccinated …

GOYER … “So, it’s about the same principle for plants. You apply this vitamin and it triggers some resistance mechanism. And so, once the pathogen comes on the crop and where there’s already resistance status of the plant so it reacts faster and more efficiently so it’s able to fight off this pathogen.”

Goyer say they are still in the early stages of their research, but so far so good …

Read the full report and listen to an audio on AGInfo here

First part of the story here

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