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Plants in Forest Emit Aspirin Chemical to Deal with Stress; Discovery May Help Agriculture

September 18, 2008

Thomas Karl Plants in a forest respond to stress by producing significant amounts of a chemical form of aspirin, scientists have discovered. The finding, by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, opens up new avenues of research into the behavior of plants and their impacts on air quality, and it also has the potential to give farmers an early warning signal about crops that are failing. Full Story


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