By Land and Air, Students to Detect Crop Diseases With Tech

Northern leaf blight – a devastating fungal disease of maize – often begins where farmers can’t easily detect it, far beneath the plants’ dense canopy.

Iowa State University Scientists Call for Unconventional Collaboration in Agriculture

Iowa State University scientists have issued a call to action for researchers in a wide range of disciplines to turn their attention to some of the most...

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...
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Alfalfa Checkoff Funds Seven Research Projects in Five U.S. States

Alfalfa researchers from across the country were the beneficiaries of funding generated by the Alfalfa Checkoff as seven new Alfalfa Checkoff research projects were recently funded. The U.S....

Giving a Chip About Masa

Products we commonly buy at the supermarket, such as tortillas and corn chips, are made from food grade corn. The corn is grown, harvested, bought by a...

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...

University of Illinois Study Advances Possibility of Genetic Control for Major Agricultural Weeds

Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, two aggressive weeds that threaten the food supply in North America, are increasingly hard to kill with commercially available herbicides. A novel approach...

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...

UMD Releases Comprehensive Review of the Future of CRISPR Technology in Crops

CRISPR is often thought of as "molecular scissors" used for precision breeding to cut DNA so that a certain trait can be removed, replaced, or edited, but...

Yield-Boosting Stay-Green Gene Identified from 118-Year-Old Experiment in Corn

A corn gene identified from a 118-year-old experiment at the University of Illinois could boost yields of today’s elite hybrids with no added inputs. The gene, identified...
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Gene Identified Will Help Develop Plants to Fight Climate Change

Hidden underground networks of plant roots snake through the earth foraging for nutrients and water, similar to a worm searching for food. Yet, the genetic and molecular...

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...

Lack of Crop Diversity and Increasing Dependence on Pollinators May Threaten Food Security

New research suggests that global trends in farming practices are undermining the pollinators crops depend on and putting agricultural productivity and stability at risk, particularly in...

Heat, Salt, Drought: This Barley Can Withstand the Challenges of Climate Change

Research for the benefit of food security: A new line of barley achieves good crop yields even under poor environmental conditions. It has been bred by a...

Genetic Breakthrough in Cereal Crops Could Help Improve Yields Worldwide

A team of Clemson University scientists has achieved a breakthrough in the genetics of senescence in cereal crops with the potential to dramatically impact the future of...

Study Highlights Nitrogen Efficiency Gains in Corn Hybrids Over 70 Years

During the past 70 years, hybrid corn varieties have increased both yield and nitrogen use efficiency at nearly the same pace, largely by preserving leaf function during...

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...
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Improved Model Could Help Scientists Better Predict Crop Yield, Climate Change Effects

A new computer model incorporates how microscopic pores on leaves may open in response to light--an advance that could help scientists create virtual plants to predict how...

Robot Uses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest a commonplace, but challenging, agricultural crop has been developed by engineers. The 'Vegebot',...
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Researchers Can Finally Modify Plant Mitochondrial DNA

Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply. Nuclear DNA was...