Toward Zero Hunger: More Food or a Smarter Food System?

When thinking about ways to end global hunger, many scholars focus too narrowly on increasing crop yields while overlooking other critical aspects of the food system.

Wageningen University Professor Luisa Trindade Wants to Make Jeans from Tomatoes

The recently appointed professor with a personal chair Luisa Trindade breeds crops for the biobased economy. Following her motto "No Waste," she aims at using the entire...

Texas A&M AgriLife Unveils Plans For A Robotic Greenhouse Facility

Texas A&M AgriLife unveiled plans May 22 for a multi-million dollar Automated Precision Phenotyping Greenhouse that will utilize advanced sensor technology to enhance agricultural crops in the...

Genetic Discovery May Improve Corn Quality and Yields

Researchers may be able to improve corn yields and nutritional value after discovering genetic regulators that synthesize starch and protein in the widely eaten grain, according 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...

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...
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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...
vibrance

How Corn’s Ancient Ancestor Swipes Left on Crossbreeding

Determining how one species becomes distinct from another has been a subject of fascination dating back to Charles Darwin. New research led by Carnegie's Matthew Evans and...

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...

Software Locates Sugarcane Genes of Interest

Plants have larger and more complex genomes than all animals, be they mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians. Fishes are the exception to the rule.

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...

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...

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...

Healing Grain: Scientists Develop Wheat that Fights Celiac Disease

Researchers at Washington State University have created a new, genetically distinct variety of wheat that’s safer for people with celiac disease, opening the door for new treatments and healing...

Seeds Inherit Memories From Their Mother

Seeds remain in a dormant state — a temporary blockage of their germination — as long as environmental conditions are not ideal for germination. The depth of...
intellectual property

New CRISPR Database to Catalyze Collaborations

Recently developed gene editing tools like CRISPR/Cas enable plant scientists to figure out the functions of myriad plant genes. While these studies could eventually lead to the creation of...

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...
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Kenyan Scientists Find New Striga Resistance Genes in Wild Sorghum

Wild sorghum will soon provide a reservoir for resistance genes against Striga. A research team lead by Dr. Steven Runo of the Plant Transformation Laboratory (PTL) at Kenyatta University and Professor Michael...

Northern Seed Acquires Syngenta’s Triticale Business

Montana's Northern Seed has acquired Syngenta's triticale business, including its Vernon, Texas-based research center. Triticale, a crossbred grain produced from wheat and rye, plays a critical role in solving the...