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Insects Shape the Genetic Landscape Through Plant Defenses

October 4, 2012

an aphid species, Lipaphis erysimi In a new study involving aphids and the broccoli-like research plant Arabidopsis thaliana, scientists offer the first measurable evidence that plant-eating insects influence the genetic variation of their host plants through the plant's natural defense mechanisms. Full Story

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