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"Don’t worry, I have more potatoes in the kitchen. I read in this seed journal that plant breeders have created true potato seed, which allows them to speed up variety development, but it also has huge logistical and phytosanitary advantages. They call it the ‘Holy Grail’ of potato improvement." "I want to say...

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Neonicotinoids: EFSA Assesses Emergency Uses on Sugar Beet in 2020/21

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