What’s behind million-dollar crop failures in oil palm? Would you believe bad karma?

9 septiembre 2015

What has spoiled tens upon tens of thousands of fledgling oil palm plants at elite corporate plantations in Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia over the last three decades? The answer to this problem, which has cost untold millions in spoilage and had adverse implications for the tropical environment, is ‘bad karma’, says an international team of genetic sleuths. They refer to a faulty gene message.