Source: ARS



Using biotechnology, Agricultural Research Service scientists have fortified the defenses of soybean plants against tiny but destructive pests called soybean cyst nematodes.



The wormlike pests live in the soil, where they can wriggle into soybean roots to feed, mate and lay eggs. The damage they cause to root cells obstructs the flow of nutrients and water to the rest of the plant, weakening it.



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