Crop Slayers

Geminiviridae is a crop killer whose agricultural reign of terror extends around the globe, wreaking particular havoc in developing countries. While the tomato may be its most common prey, the geminivirus hit list numbers fruit, vegetable, and fiber alike. Making matters worse, traditional tactics such as pesticides and plowing under crops are often unsuccessful in […]

Healing the land

by Mike Pennella Everybody loves a great comeback story, especially Mother Nature. And 25 miles northwest of Lafayette College in Palmerton, Pa., an inspiring tale of ecological reclamation is being written. While this story has many heroes, some of the biggest are microscopic bacteria. These transformative microbes are the focus of Biology Professor Laurie Caslake’s […]