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MSU research team discovers new microbe in wheat stem sawfly


September 25, 2019

MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

Montana State University's College of Agriculture faculty member David Weaver observes wheat variations for wheat stem sawfly cutting at a study plot near Amsterdam Sept. 13. Weaver and associate professor Carl Yeoman are co-authors in a wheat stem sawfly genome study, researching the microbial ecology of the invasive pest.

Reagan Colyer

MSU News Service

BOZEMAN - A team of researchers in Montana State University's College of Agriculture has discovered a previously unidentified microbe that lives symbiotically with the wheat stem sawfly, a pest that causes hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to wheat crops each year.

The discovery, the result of a years-long project, provides the basis for future research that could be vital to combating losses due to wheat stem sawflies in Montana and beyond.

Carl Yeoman in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences and David Weaver in the Department of Land R...

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