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Adoption of Advanced Techniques Could Propel Crop Improvement
June 28, 2012
Scientists could take greater strides toward crop improvement if there were wider adoption of advanced techniques used to understand the mechanisms that allow plants to adapt to their environments, current and former Purdue University researchers say.
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