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By now you’ve heard the cicadas are coming. Entomologists predict the periodical cicada that are on a 17-year reproduction cycle will start emerging from the soil in mass within the next several days, and some early emergence has been documented in parts of Tennessee.

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A team of researchers recently discovered genetic data to help food crops such as tomatoes and rice survive more intense periods of drought. The team in the past decade has sought to create a molecular map of crop roots, where plants first detect the effects of drought and other environmental threats. In so doing they uncovered genes that could be used to breed plants that tolerate such stresses.