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Male weeds may hold key to their own demise – Science Codex

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URBANA, Ill. – Scientists are getting closer to finding the genes for maleness in waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, two of the most troublesome agricultural weeds in the U.S.
Finding the genes could enable new “genetic control” methods for the weeds, which, in many places, no longer respond to herbicides.
“If we knew which genes control maleness and we could make those genes proliferate within the population, every plant in the field would be a male after a few generations, and theoretically, the population…

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