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'Natural' Nitrogen-fixing Bacteria Protect Soybeans From Aphids
April 14, 2009
An invasion of soybean aphids poses a problem for soybean farmers, requiring application of pesticides, but a team of Penn State entomologists thinks a careful choice of nitrogen-fixing bacteria may provide protection against the sucking insects.
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