Using Indigenous culture to inform scientific practice

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A new strain of taro could revive the Samoan industry

Since 1993, leaf blight has crippled the Samoan taro plant export industry, wiping out whole crops and forcing an Australian ban on imports.

Now, scientist Amy Maslen-Miller is working on a strain of taro that is resistant to the devastating fungus.

She also uses her Indigenous Samoan heritage to inform her work as a scientist, applying traditional techniques to modern science.

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