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A researcher at Southern Illinois University is on a quest to develop heat-tolerant pumpkins as climate change creates more farming challenges

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People pick out pumpkins on Oct. 17, 2021, at Jack’s Pumpkin Pop-Up, 1467 N. Elston Ave., Chicago. Illinois is the leading producer of pumpkins in the country but if the region keeps warming due to climate change, crops may not be able to grow as well here. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

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