New Report: Biotechnology to Help Mitigate Climate Change

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released its annual report on "The State of Food and Agriculture" focusing on impacts of climate change on agriculture...

Researchers Use Ancient Genes to Protect Modern Wheat

Scientists from The University of Queensland in Australia are undertaking world-first research into ancient wheats to ensure the crop’s future. Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation’s Dr Lee Hickey said...

USDA/NIFA Awards $6.5 Million To Plant Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded more than $6.5 million in grants to improve plant health, production and products. “As the world’s population...

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...
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Scientists Help the University of Florida Predict Where to Grow Food Worldwide

Researchers from across the globe — including some from the University of Florida (UF) — are improving a UF Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS)-designed software system developed...
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Honeybee Hive Collapse Mystery Rooted in Hive Size

University of Idaho professor Brian Dennis is helping scientists understand a baffling but vitally important puzzle: What causes honeybee numbers to decline? Working in collaboration with William Kemp, a...

Scientists Look Beneath the Soil in Effort to Boost Yields

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists will soon be looking deep beneath agricultural row crops to determine what makes them stronger, higher yielding and more adaptable, as well as what...

Honeybees Evolve Rapidly to Overcome New Disease

An international research team has some good news for the honeybee and the millions of people who depend on them to pollinate crops and other plants. These valuable pollinators have...

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...

Cellectis Granted Early CRISPR IP Uses in Plants

Cellectis Plant Sciences signs a license agreement, which allows it exclusive access to the University of Minnesota's CRISPR technology. The university grants Cellectis the worldwide rights to use the technology covered by...
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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...

DuPont Pioneer Gains Exclusive License for Genome Editing Technology

DuPont Pioneer announces a technology license and research collaboration agreement with Lithuania's Vilnius University to further the technical and commercial utility of guided Cas9 genome editing technology. Under the agreement,...
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The Secret to Tripling the Number of Grains in Sorghum

A simple genetic modification can triple the grain number of sorghum, a drought-tolerant plant that is an important source of food, animal feed, and biofuel in many parts of...

Wind-Powered Grain Drying Project Has Potential to Make International Impact

A wind-powered grain drying system developed by students in the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment could improve grain quality and people’s health in sub-Saharan Africa. The student...
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Potential for Seed Coating to Help Manage Water Repellent Soils in Australia

Western Australian growers could stand to benefit from promising research into a cost-effective seed coating technology with potential to boost cereal crop germination rates in water repellent soils. Recent results...

Stress-Tolerant Rice Varieties Gain Support of Indian State

Shri Manoj Ahuja (second from left in photo), principal secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment (DoA), Government of Odisha, commended the introduction of two stress-tolerant rice...

USDA/NIFA Announces Fellowships for Future Ag Scientists

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is providing more than $15 million for fellowships to train and develop the next generation of scientists who...

Scientists Engineer Shortcut for Photosynthetic Glitch

Plants convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis; however, most crops on the planet are plagued by a photosynthetic glitch, and to deal with it, evolved an energy-expensive process called...

Researchers Breed Tastier Peppers

University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences students are learning how to breed better peppers under the guidance of Professor Bala Rathinasabapathi. And by “better,” we mean a...

The Perennial Plant Association Names 2015 Plant of the Year

By vote of its members, the Perennial Plant Association named the Geranium xcantabrigiense — more commonly known as Biokovo — as the 2015 Perennial Plant of the Year. A naturally...