THE SUGAR BEET HAS GONE INSANE

Rhizomania, also called “root madness” or “crazy root,” has caused significant losses in root and sugar yield. […] The most obvious symptom of rhizomania is a mass of fine, hairy secondary roots that consists of a mixture of dead and healthy roots. […] The disease is so infectious that even a few grams of infected soil can eventually spread to infect entire fields.
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7 thoughts on “THE SUGAR BEET HAS GONE INSANE

  1. Ha, I was just at a performance of Macbeth, in which Banquo asks, “…have we eaten on the insane root/That takes the reason prisoner?” Now I know what it looks like!

  2. I’ve seen a few crazy, hairy roots in my lifetime, but they didn’t look like this. Keeping my eyes peeled for unnatural beets!

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