Many discoveries in science have been accidental.

Question:

Many discoveries in science have been accidental. This is true for plant hormones also. Can you justify this statement by giving an example? Also what term is used for such accidental findings?

Solution:

The foolish seedling disease of rice was caused by the fungal pathogen Gibberella fujikuroi. The symptoms of which were first reported by Kurosawa who noticed that

uninfected rice developed these symptoms when gibberellins were added.

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