Source: American Seed Trade Association

In September, ASTA was awarded a grant under USDA's Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) to improve diagnostics for Stewart's wilt (Pantoea stewartii) on corn. Current diagnostic capabilities have technical challenges that can either produce false positives or be untimely in their detection of the disease. The wilt, a bacterium spread primarily through a corn flee beetle, can stunt and damage the growth of a corn stalk, which either then dies or fails to produce a marketable ear.

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