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Crop disease

Post by BioKing » Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:29 pm

Why is biological literacy essential in the battle against crop disease?

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Post by February Beetle » Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:12 am

How else would you start to battle crop disease?
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Post by BioKing » Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:53 am

I don't know, thats why I asked?

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Post by February Beetle » Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:07 am

Sorry, I just don't know where to start or how to explain it very well. I know that they use genetics to try to find different kinds of corn and breed them so they will be the most resistant to disease and also yield more food. They first modified corn so much that they were all too similar, so if some corn got diseased it would all then get diseased. Diseases act differently in different individuals, like humans and the flu some people don't get as sick as other. This is why diversity is so important especially on something we are so dependent on like corn, so if some get diseased it will not destroy all the corn. Corn was modified to be pretty and strait and have abundant and good tasting kernels so they got rid of most diversity, they found when the crop got diseased it was hurting the whole crop. Some scientists found a plant closely related to corn that was immune to a lot of the diseases the corn was vulnerable to, so they cross bred them so we get more disease resistant corn. There are a lot of things going on with crop and other plants, and genetics.
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Post by Xgene » Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:20 pm

Hi,

The biological litracy is essential for a sucessful research or implementation of any works. The litracy gives us the information needed for the specific work. Usually the intial stage of any research work will be the litracy survey. Where the past publications of research papers and information will be collected and analysed. This will help the researcher to understand the topic well.

Even in case of battle against the crop diseases. The intial litracy survey will help to understand the disease better. It will help to take proper steps in their fight against diseases and avoid repeating mistakes made previously. The battle against crop diseases are taken in many different ways. They can be using chemicals or using biological methods and controls. The genetic engineering is now playing a major role in this fight. Example Bt Cotton.

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Post by Nithin » Fri Mar 31, 2006 7:34 am

In order to battle your enemy you need to know him properly; that is his strengths and weakness. Same is true for crop diseases.In order to tackle the problem you must aim hard at the roots of the problem. In case of crop diseases we have to identify the source, carrier etc, then we will be able to fight it better.
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