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April 15, 2011View for printing

At 20, Lydia Anderson never expected to be doing scientific research that might help hungry people in Africa.

Yet the Montana State University student found herself working with a plant pathology professor, David Sands, researching ways to use natural fungus to attack the "witch weed" that strangles African farmers' corn crops.

Working with researchers in Kenya, they found a fungus that could be transported on toothpicks, grown on cooked rice and put on the ground to inhibit weeds and help farmers roughly double their corn yield.

"Before I started this, I never thought I would do something that could impact world health," said Anderson, an organismal biology major from Missoula.

By GAIL SCHONTZLER, Chronicle Staff Writer The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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