Most agricultural systems in the Northeast rely on pesticides to ensure high yields and profits, but pesticides can pose risks to essential pollinators and environmental health. To reduce reliance on pesticides, scientists are exploring ways to harness natural plant defenses, such as emitting chemicals that slow insect feeding, inhibit infections, call beneficial insects to their aid, or warn other plants.
Researchers from 17+ land-grant universities are collaborating to better understand these chemically-mediated interactions, find ways to enhance natural plant defenses, and improve the economic and environmental sustainability of crop production.
Source: Multistate Research Fund Impacts ProgramCalifornia, Cornell University, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Louisiana State University, Massachusetts, Michigan, Michigan State University, Minnesota, Mississippi, Mississippi State University, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Central Region, Northeastern Region, Penn State University, Pennsylvania, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Southern Region, University of California, University of Delaware, University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Vermont, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Western Region
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