Predicting Plant Diseases May Reduce Food Insecurity

Crop losses from plant disease significantly contributes to crop losses each year, costing the US economy $60 billion a year, and reducing the global food supply. What if there was a way to predict these detrimental pathogens and be prepared for the damage they cause? MSU researchers have found an innovative way to use human medical technology to combat plant diseases.

Michigan State University researchers from the Human Medicine, Plant Genetics and Plant Pathology departments developed a biosensor that will scan plants in the field to predict track epidemic-spreading diseases. This on the ground data can help farmers make rapid and informed management decisions in a crisis. By reducing crop loss, plant epidemiology may also offer a solution to reducing food insecurity.

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