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Superweeds Sprouting Up

Starlink corn was genetically engineered to remain alive while being sprayed with the pesticide Roundup, which kills the weeds but not the GM corn--but this isn't working as well as it used to, so Dow has created a NEW pesticide, based on the defoliant Agent Orange...
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Landscape Invaders

Here's yet another result of climate change: Our landscapes will change too. It's not just that we'll have to plant more hot weather,...
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On the Trail of a Weed Planted by Gypsies

As the gypsies traveled across the country, a plant followed them, since they dropped its seeds along the way. Biologists are using this plant to trace the tracks of US gypsies. It's not particularly beautiful: It's a foot-high plants with leaves that look like blades of grass. But it turned up in a Mississippi cemetery four years ago, botanist...
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Vitamin or Weed?

We know that some weeds make the best biofuel, but now biologists have figured out how to turn kudzu, the fast growing weed that has gobbled up some 10 million acres in the Southeast, into a valuable dietary supplement for metabolic syndrome, a condition that affects 50 million Americans. Talk about turning a "sow's ear" into a "silk purse!"...

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Weeds are Good

Jennifer Viegas writes in Discovery News that if our flowers and vegetables are surrounded by weeds, they're less likely to be attacked by insects. By adding and removing weeds from around test plants, horticulturists Stan Finch and Rosemary Collier found that insects would investigate the weeds, find them unsuitable and often fly away, leaving...

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