from The Century Dictionary.
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A major storm battering the Philippines or Bangladesh at the wrong moment, a pest or plant-disease outbreak in Vietnam, or floods along China's Yangtze River like those that occurred in the mid-1990s would put serious strains on global grain reserves already depleted to levels not seen since the 1970s.
Dengue Fever vaccine; odor responses in mosquitoes; plant immune responses; and plant-disease vector interactions.
Subesquently, other plant-disease vectors were developed as was non-disease "shotgun" genetic technology (which fired genes directly into plant cellswhose cell walls had been enzymatically removed -- so-called protoplasts.)