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This 2009 photo released by Michigan State University's agricultural research center in Allegan County's Saugatuck Township, Mich., shows one of several blueberry plants showing signs of infection with the blueberry shock virus. An outbreak of the disease is forcing scientists to uproot and destroy their four-acre blueberry operation to avoid the danger to the state's nation-leading blueberry industry.

Blueberry virus equals blueberry blues


DETROIT (AP) -- Two destructive viruses have struck the blueberry industry in the state of Michigan, home to a $124 million per year crop that is the largest in the United States.

Particularly upsetting to scientists is where one of the outbreaks occurred -- Michigan State University's agricultural research station in southwestern Michigan. An outbreak of blueberry shock is forcing scientists to destroy plants that represent two decades and millions of dollars of research.

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