Combatting Disease The Advance of Designer Viruses in Agriculture

Scientists believe designer viruses created in the laboratory can help the agricultural industry deal with pathogens and extreme weather. A vast experiment is currently being planned. But can the viruses be controlled?
Corn plants in a greenhouse at the Boyce Thompson Institute

Corn plants in a greenhouse at the Boyce Thompson Institute

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Michael Irey checking out his orange trees.

Michael Irey checking out his orange trees.

Foto: Angel Valentin/ DER SPIEGEL
Georg Jander at the Boyce Thompson Institute

Georg Jander at the Boyce Thompson Institute

Foto: Mike Bradley/ DER SPIEGEL
Foto: DER SPIEGEL