Researchers investigate garlic’s hidden powers

Nurulita’s work shows these elite garlic selections are still infected by the virus complement and we don’t know why that is occurring.” Nurulita also investigated the viruses concentrations using next-generation sequencing, and mapped the full genomes of the viruses.

“I did not find any significant differences in the viruses levels and was unable to determine a clear-cut difference between the two different lines of elite and poor performing garlic seed,” Nurulita said.

“All Australian commercial garlic varieties have viruses, which doesn’t seem to affect taste or nutrition, but does have an impact on the crop’s yield.” Understanding that suite of viruses and their impact is the problem Dr.

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