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The Agricultural Sciences Network features the latest scientific publications in this discipline. The most recently featured articles deal with characterization of a wild relative of rice and biocontrol of black scurf on potato.



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The Agricultural Sciences category of the Life-Sciences Magazine covers the cultivation and production of crops, raising of livestock, and postharvest processing of natural products. This section currently contains more than 78,000 articles. A great part of these contributions derive from nearly 250 international scientific journals covering this science discipline.

One of the latest inclusions deals with the molecular and cytological characterization of centromeric retrotransposons (CRs) in a wild relative of rice, Oryza granulata. Since centromeric retrotransposons are important components of the functional centromeres of rice chromosomes, the authors sequenced the orthologous region of the rice centromere 8 (Cen8) in O. granulata to track evolution of the CR elements in the genus Oryza. The study confirms the conservation of the CRs in the Oryza genus and provides a resource for comparative analysis of centromeres and centromere evolution among the Oryza genus.

Another article on biocontrol of black scurf on potato by seed tuber treatment with Pythium oligandrum describes the results of field experiments following treatment of potato seed tubers with P.oligandrum. Results indicate that the R. solani population was reduced on the seed tubers treated with P. oligandrum compared to untreated tubers. This indicates that P. oligandrumto induces resistance against black scurf on potato tubers. This resistance is apparently based on biocontrol mechanisms involving both mycoparasitism and induced resistance.

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