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ATHENS — A decade ago, University of Georgia plant scientists David and Soraya Bertioli were living and working in Brazil when they began to wonder about peanut plants they encountered in different corners of the world with an astounding ability to withstand fungal diseases without the use of fungicides. The Bertiolis wondered if these different plants might all have something in common. Did they owe their natural resistance to a single genetic source?

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ATHENS — All over the world, farmers are aging and young people are moving to more urban areas for economic opportunities. Leaders wonder what factors push young people to abandon agriculture and whether technology or other tools can make farming a more attractive option for the next generation.

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OCILLA — While it would be nice — though impossible in today’s ultra-partisan atmosphere — to throw out all the stereotypical political hoo-hah that now inundates every element of modern-day life and talk about what really matters, that’s just not reality.