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UK researcher receives $1.25 million grant to study crop-destroying fungal stalk rot disease in corn

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Anthracnose stalk rot is a fungal disease of corn that can cause lodging and completely destroy a crop. It is ranked among the top three diseases that cause yield losses in corn each year. Lisa Vaillancourt, a University of Kentucky plant pathologist, has studied this disease for several years and is working toward a management solution. Recently, Vaillancourt...