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Grasshoppers are what they eat

Grasshoppers cause damage that costs landowners millions of dollars annually; however, grasshopper populations also play a positive role in cycling nutrients from decomposing plant matter back into the soil. A new method to recover high-quality DNA of ingested plant tissue from grasshopper guts (available for free viewing in the February issue of Applications in Plant Sciences) can allow scientists to investigate their feeding patterns, and could help illuminate the impact of grasshoppers on pla…

Fuente : http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/ajo…

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