Bugs to the Rescue!

Guo-Liang Wang, an Ohio State geneticist and professor of plant pathology, is helping lead the research to make crops resistant to environmental stresses. Credit: Kaylee Harter | Lantern reporter

CFAES plant pathology researchers Peg Redinbaugh and Guo-Liang Wang lead the Insect Allies- Team Maize Hopper.

The project, a collaboration with other scientists nationwide, will alter the DNA of aphids, leafhoppers and other bugs to prescribe and apply immunities to crops as an emergency response. 

If a farmer learns that the growing season will be plagued by droughts after non-drought-resistant seeds have been planted, this new technology would give more flexibility for saving their crops. 

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