The western corn rootworm was first classified as a corn pest in 1867. Its green relative, the northern corn rootworm, was classified as a corn pest in Illinois and Missouri by the late 1870s. Credit: Joseph Spencer, Illinois Natural History Survey.
By tagging auxin with a radioactive tracer, the researchers were able to use a medical diagnostic imaging tool call positron emission tomography, or PET imaging, to “watch” the movement of auxin in living plant roots in real time. Credit: Richard Ferrieri