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Corn Hybrids with High Yields Come with More Variability

The agriculture industry is in a tough spot; it's simultaneously tasked with feeding a growing population and minimizing its environmental footprint. For corn breeders, that means improving nitrogen-use efficiency...

Research Decodes Plant Defense System, With an Eye on Improving Farming and Medicine

University of Maryland Baltimore County's (UMBC) Hua Lu, professor of biological sciences, and colleagues have found new genetic links between a plant's circadian rhythm (essentially, an internal...

Ceres Partners with Forage Genetics to Commercialize New Alfalfa

California-based Ceres Inc. enters into a multi-year collaboration with Forage Genetics International to develop and commercialize improved alfalfa. Under the collaboration, Forage Genetics International (FGI) and Ceres will work together to evaluate...

AgBiome and Genective Collaborate to Create Novel Insect-Resistant Crops

North Carolina-based agricultural research firm AgBiome, and Genective, a France-based key developer of biotech crops, announce a strategic partnership to accelerate the discovery of new generations of insect control traits. “Growers need new...
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When One Reference Genome is Not Enough

Much of the research in the field of plant functional genomics to date has relied on approaches based on single reference genomes. But by itself, a single reference genome...

Small Changes Have Big Benefits for Crop Breeding

Researchers from the University of Western Australia have developed a new method for breeding crops that will improve the potential for long-term, sustainable genetic improvement. In a world first, Wallace...

Sakata Seed Supports UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center

Sakata Seed America’s Senior director of sales and marketing, John Nelson, announced a substantial contribution to the Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) at UC Davis’ Kent J. Bradford Endowment initiative...
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The More Kinds of Bees, the Better for Humans

The larger an area, the more species of wild bees are needed to pollinate crops, a Rutgers University study shows. The findings appear today in the journal Science. Many controlled ecological experiments...

Plant Leaves Protect Bacteria, Researchers Find

Engineers at the University of California, Riverside have discovered that small peaks and valleys in baby spinach leaves could be a key reason why there have been numerous bacterial...

Cornell Aims to Get Next-Gen Seeds to African Farmers

A new Cornell University initiative helps ensure that new seed varieties with higher yields make it through the supply chain from breeders to African farmers. The African Seed Access Index...

Obvius Fungicide Seed Treatment Gets EPA Approval

Obvius fungicide seed treatment from BASF receives full Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration for use on pulse, podded vegetables and canola. State registrations are forthcoming. Powered by Xemium fungicide and...
IBBR

IBBR Awarded DOE Grant to Investigate How to Protect an Emerging Biofuel Crop from...

The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) has been awarded a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to...

BioAg Alliance Delivers Promising Field Trial Results

In its first full year of field trials, the BioAg Alliance — Novozymes’ and Monsanto’s collaboration to improve soil health and harvest through naturally-occurring microorganisms — reported that of...

New Genome Editing Strategy Could Improve Crops

A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests. The results could help...

Herbicides Destroy Food Sources for Bees, Researcher Says

Herbicides used to control weeds can spell trouble for bees, a bee specialist with the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station says. Jeff Harris said herbicides are...

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...

Research Examines How Plants Cope with Stress at a Molecular Level

Biochemist Elizabeth Vierling at the University of Massachusetts Amherst receives a three-year National Science Foundation grant to study how plants respond, at the molecular and cellular level, to stress...

EU Report: Neonics Negatively Affect the Environment

A report to the European Commission from the European Academies' Science Advisory Council, formed by the national sciences academies of European Union Member States, concludes that there is increasing...

Researchers Crack Peanut Genome

A scientific breakthrough on the DNA sequencing of the groundnut (also known as peanut) promises the development of improved groundnut varieties with enhanced traits such as increased pod and...

Discovery of a Bottleneck Relief in Photosynthesis May Have a Major Impact

Scientists have found how to relieve a bottleneck in the process by which plants transform sunlight into food, which may lead to an increase in crop production....