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Putting Down Your Roots: How Plants Know To Do It

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July 27, 1998
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Whitehead Institute For Biomedical Research
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The next time you pick up a bag of weed killer from The Home Depot, think about this: a chemical company probably spent years of testing and millions of dollars to develop an effective herbicide that is harmful to weeds but safe for you, your children, and your pets. Now a new study of root growth in a tiny weed called Arabidopsis thaliana suggests that genetics could help scientists save valuable time and money in developing better herbicides for the future.

The next time you pick up a bag of weed killer from The Home Depot, think about this: a chemical company probably spent years of testing and millions of dollars to develop an effective herbicide that is harmful to weeds but safe for you, your children, and your pets. Now a new study of root growth in a tiny weed called Arabidopsis thaliana suggests that genetics could help scientists save valuable time and money in developing better herbicides for the future.


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Whitehead Institute For Biomedical Research. "Putting Down Your Roots: How Plants Know To Do It." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/07/980727080920.htm (accessed April 25, 2014).

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