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Smart Lab battles shrub willow leaf rust

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Cornell research battles shrub willow leaf rust

By Matt Hayes

Exerpt:
“…Larry Smart and his team will explore the genetic basis for rust resistance in shrub willow. By using cutting-edge genetic mapping approaches to identify the genes involved in rust resistance in willow, the team can generate molecular markers to be used by breeding programs in the early selection of resistant seedlings.”

“The focus of the project is to ensure the long-term sustainability of the crop, maintaining yields and continuing to breed improved cultivars.”

Matt Hayes is managing editor and social media officer for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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