BTI Scientists Create New Genomic Resource for Improving Tomatoes

Tomato breeders have traditionally emphasized traits that improve production, like larger fruits and more fruits per plant. As a result, some traits that improved other important qualities, such as...
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Tomato Pan-Genome Makes Bringing Flavor Back Easier

Almost everyone agrees that store-bought tomatoes don't have much flavor. Now, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) may have spotlighted...

ISU Seed Scientist Working to Control Highly Contagious Tomato Virus

If you love tomatoes, you may want to plant your own or buy local this spring or potentially face paying higher prices at the grocery store.  Iowa...

Cryptic Mutation Is Cautionary Tale for Crop Gene Editing

Even in this “age of the genome,” much about genes remains shrouded in mystery. This is especially true for “cryptic mutations”—mutated genes that are hidden, and have...

High-Iron GM Wheat Trials Get Green Light

Field trials of wheat biofortified to produce white flour with extra iron have begun following approval by the UK government. The three-year crop trial...

Astronauts Might Soon Grow Space Tomatoes

Tiny tomato plants developed at the University of California, Riverside, could one day feed astronauts on the International Space Station. The plants have minimal leaves and stems...

Students Design Greenhouse for Mars

A student team from the UC Davis Space and Satellite Systems club was one of five university teams invited to present their plans for a Mars greenhouse...

Research Sheds Light on Genomic Features That Make Plants Good Candidates for Domestication

New research published this week identifies the genomic features that might have made domestication possible for corn and soybeans, two of the world’s most critical crop species.

Wild Barley Reveals Drought Tolerant Traits That Could Improve Elite Cultivars

A team of scientists from the University of Adelaide, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg have identified beneficial alleles from wild barley that can...

University of Saskatchewan Crop Scientists Help Crack the Durum Wheat Genome

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers played a key role in an international consortium that has sequenced the entire genome of durum wheat—the source of semolina for pasta,...

Kansas State University Researchers Find New Clues for Improving Wheat

A team of Kansas State University (K-State) wheat scientists are tapping into 10,000 years of evolution in the plant’s genetic code as part of their continued efforts...

Scientists Find New Way to Increase Seed Oil Yield in Crops

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in...

University of Alabama Researchers Look to Extend Shelf Life of Nutritious Vegetables

While helping small farms in Alabama, researchers at The University of Alabama and the University of West Alabama hope to provide agricultural solutions that assist a class...

Indonesian Scientists Develop New Crops for Farmers Using Nuclear Science

Farmers in Indonesia have over the last few years grown enough rice for more than 20 million people using plants developed through the country’s plant mutation breeding...

Neonics Hinder Bees’ Ability to Fend off Mites: U of G Study

A University of Guelph study is the first to uncover the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees’ ability to groom and rid themselves of deadly mites.

Mathematician Makes Nematode Control Breakthrough for Wheat Growers

A University of Sussex mathematician, Konstantin Blyuss, working with biologists at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, has developed a chemical-free way to precisely target a...
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Scientists Identify a Novel Gene for Corn Straw Utilization

Plant cell walls, as repositories of fixed carbon, are important sources of biomass, which is mainly composed of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin. However, the complex lignin structure and its...

How Fungi “Taste” Wheat Could Hold Key in Crop Disease Fight

New research carried out at Rothamsted has examined how fungal cell surface receptors, which are like the taste receptors on our tongues, help Fusarium graminearum monitor and adapt to...
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New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Yield Months Before Harvest

Topping the list of Australia's major crops, wheat is grown on more than half the country's cropland and is a key export commodity. With so much riding...

Plants Are Also Stressed Out

What will a three-degree-warmer world look like? How will plants fare in more extreme weather conditions? When experiencing stress or damage from various sources, plants use chloroplast-to-nucleus...