A blackgrass comes into flower in a field© Tim Scrivener
Development of a “pregnancy test”-style kit to help farmers detect herbicide-resistant blackgrass is progressing well, agronomists have been told. The project is being led by researchers from Newcastle University. It also involves Rothamsted Research and commercial partner Mologi. “Within plants that evolve resistance to herbicides, there are certain proteins that are produced at higher concentrations,” explained Paul Neve, of Rothamsted Research. See also: Test kit gives early blackgrass herbicide resistance warning “This test is basically detecting the levels of those proteins in plants. […]
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