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Cacao trees pass along protective microbes to offspring

Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama found that exposing baby cacao plants to microbes from healthy adult cacao plants reduced the plant’s chance of becoming infected with the serious cacao pathogen, Phytopthora palmivora, by half. “When human babies pass through the birth canal, their bodies pick up …

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