Broccoli: Breeding a healthier stock to grow in a state near you

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Broccoli is a crop that likes the cold and doesn't much care for humidity, so it's not surprising we don't see much of it growing in the Southeast. 

But Mark Farnham, a plant research geneticist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, thinks all that can and should change if they can figure out a way to make the plant more resilient.

Farnham is working on a multi-year project to make it happen at the U.S. Vegetable Laboratory in West Ashley.

If you want to get your feet wet on the idea, check out this story from The Post and Courier. If you want to dig a little deeper into the science, get started with this post at the Science Blog.

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