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WARF Advances in Food and Ag | December 2023

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Eavesdropping on Insects to Better Protect Crops from Infestations 
An entomologist used audio signals captured by inexpensive microphones to detect and identify insect infestations in crops, including boring insects that are difficult to identify without destroying crops.
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Maize WOX2A Over-Expression Induces Somatic Embryo Formation
This discovery allowed UW-Madison researchers to convert a commercially relevant maize line that does not undergo somatic embryogenesis into one that does, making it more amenable to further genetic modification.
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Detecting Disease in Plants
Plant diseases like Phytophthora infestans (late blight) and Alternaria solani (early blight) can be detected using measurements from the plant’s electromagnetic reflections via a model that indicates probability of the disease and/or stage.
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Insoluble and Dispersible Protein and Dye-Containing Colorant Particles
The highly dispersible particles can be used as substitutes for alumina-based lake particles conventionally used as colorants in consumer products, such as food or beverage products, cosmetics or toys.

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