Aphids can not only block soybeans’ genetic defense, but also open the door for other pests to come do more damage.
“After about seven days, a successful aphid infestation can hijack the plant’s defense response. The soybean plant initially puts up a defense, but that response is gone after about a week,” says Gustavo MacIntosh, associate professor of biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology at Iowa State University.
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