UK researcher finds molecular markers for common woody plant disease

One of the most vexing and difficult to diagnose plant diseases just became an easier foe, thanks to new research from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “Unique characteristics of the fungal DNA were amplified to serve as molecular markers for plant pathologists” to help identify Verticillium wilt. These new markers will make it faster and easier for plant scientists to accurately diagnose and treat their plants. This could also impact the future for how the disease is studied and could one day lessen the spread.

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