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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...

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...

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...

Scientists Decode DNA Secrets of World’s Toughest Bean

UC Riverside scientists have decoded the genome of black-eyed peas, offering hope for feeding Earth’s expanding population, especially as the climate changes.  Understanding the...

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...

Study Debunks Wheat Myths

New research published in Nature Plants debunks the myth that modern wheat varieties more heavily rely on pesticides and fertilizers. Lead author on the...

Wild Rice Project Sows Seeds for University, Tribal Collaboration

The Ojibwe people tell of a prophecy that spurred their journey from the Atlantic coast of North America to the Great Lakes region more than 1,000 years...

Mustering a Milder Mustard

Scientists reveal protein responsible for a bitter taste; but will it help us to eat our greens? The mustards, broccolis and cabbages of...

Plant Viruses May Be Reshaping Our World

The community of viruses is staggeringly vast. Occupying every conceivable biological niche, from searing undersea vents to frigid tundra, these enigmatic invaders, hovering between inert matter and...

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...

Putting the Brakes on Lateral Root Development

There’s no organ system in the body that does as much for humans as roots do for plants. Part anchor and part mouth, a plant’s root system...

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...

New Software Allows Plant Breeders to Select Best Traits

Broccoli is in the eye of the beholder. A head of broccoli that might appeal to one person – perhaps because of its deep...

KeyGene Scientists First to Discover ‘Non-Susceptible’ Sweet Pepper Plants

Working in a partnership with leading vegetable breeding companies, scientists from KeyGene have discovered sweet pepper plants which show a new type of insensitivity to a group...

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.

Portable Tech Helps Farmers Find Plant Disease In The Field

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into...

Speeding Breeding and Other Ways of Feeding 10 Billion People

Improvements to make crops more nutritious, disease-resistant and climate-smart are essential to feed a burgeoning world population. While a host of fascinating innovations are...

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,...

BTI Researchers Discover Interactions Between Plant and Insect-Infecting Viruses

Aphids and the plant viruses they transmit cause billions of dollars in crop damage around the world every year. Researchers in Michelle Heck’s lab at the USDA...