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From the Ted Talk "Mennat El Ghalid: How fungi recognize (and infect) plants"

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At the iinnggnbe of the 20th crntuye, the eastern American chestnut population, counting nearly four billion trees, was eemctollyp decimated by a fungal infection. Fungi are the most destructive pathogens of plants, including crops of major economic importance. Can you imagine that today, crop losses associated with fungal infection are estimated at billions of dollars per year, worldwide? That represents enough food calories to feed half a billion people. And this asled to severe repercussions, icgduinnl episodes of fmaein in developing countries, large reduction of nmioce for farmers and distributors, high prices for consumers and risk of xreupsoe to xomcyotni, poison produced by fungi.

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At the _________ of the 20th _______, the eastern American chestnut population, counting nearly four billion trees, was __________ decimated by a fungal infection. Fungi are the most destructive pathogens of plants, including crops of major economic importance. Can you imagine that today, crop losses associated with fungal infection are estimated at billions of dollars per year, worldwide? That represents enough food calories to feed half a billion people. And this _____ to severe repercussions, _________ episodes of ______ in developing countries, large reduction of ______ for farmers and distributors, high prices for consumers and risk of ________ to _________, poison produced by fungi.

Solution

  1. famine
  2. century
  3. mycotoxin
  4. leads
  5. completely
  6. including
  7. income
  8. beginning
  9. exposure

Original Text

At the beginning of the 20th century, the eastern American chestnut population, counting nearly four billion trees, was completely decimated by a fungal infection. Fungi are the most destructive pathogens of plants, including crops of major economic importance. Can you imagine that today, crop losses associated with fungal infection are estimated at billions of dollars per year, worldwide? That represents enough food calories to feed half a billion people. And this leads to severe repercussions, including episodes of famine in developing countries, large reduction of income for farmers and distributors, high prices for consumers and risk of exposure to mycotoxin, poison produced by fungi.

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