Sequenced Genome of Ancient Crop Could Raise Yields

An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising yields of the drought-resistant crop in the Nebraska Panhandle and semiarid...

WSU Scientists Measuring How Plants Convert Light to Energy

Plants take sunlight and turn it into energy, but scientists are still figuring out exactly how they do this complex conversion. “Photosynthesis can be dangerous,” says Helmut Kirchhoff, an associate...

Researcher Uses Clemson Facilities to Help Develop Gluten-Busting Wheat

A Clemson University researcher is using state-of-the-art facilities at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center (REC) to help develop a new wheat variety that’s safe for people who...

Source of Citrus’ Sour Taste Identified

A team of researchers, including two from the University of California, Riverside, has identified the genes responsible for the hallmark sour taste of many citrus fruits. Published Tuesday, Feb....

ISU Scientists Overcome Repetitive DNA to Sequence the Genome of Devastating Soybean Pest

It was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle for which all the pieces are identical, but with only one solution. Iowa State University (ISU) researchers overcame the quirks of the...

An Easier Way to Engineer Plants

MIT researchers have developed a new genetic tool that could make it easier to engineer plants that can survive drought or resist fungal infections. Their technique, which uses nanoparticles...

With Nanotubes, Genetic Engineering in Plants Is Easy-Peasy

Inserting or tweaking genes in plants is more art than science, but a new technique developed by University of California, Berkeley, scientists could make genetically engineering any type of...

K-State Joins Heartland Plant Innovations to Explore Breeding Platform for Organic Wheat

The southern Great Plains has a reputation for growing a large percentage of the U.S. wheat crop that is so important to millers and bakers around the globe who...

To Bear or Not to Bear a Seed

The plant world works in mysterious ways. We often think of plants producing flowers so those flowers can produce seeds for the next generation. But what would be the...

Scientists Discover a New Biochemical Pathway to Aid Development of More Resilient Crop Varieties

Researchers from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, have discovered a new biochemical pathway in plants which they have named CHLORAD. By manipulating the CHLORAD pathway, scientists can...

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...

Getting to Mars May Happen Only If We Can Grow Food in Space

Decades after the last human set foot on the moon, NASA is contemplating setting up a permanent base there or sending astronauts to Mars. Accomplishing those goals, however, will...

Nuclear Technology Helps Develop New Barley Variety in Kuwait

New home-grown barley varieties developed using irradiation with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are...

How to Feed the World By 2050? Recent Breakthrough Boosts Plant Growth

One of the most significant challenges of the 21st Century is how to sustainably feed a growing and more affluent global population with less water and fertilizers on shrinking...

Linking Sensing to Signaling During Plant Immunity

A new study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) in Cologne has revealed that a previously unappreciated structural feature underlies the ability of...

Stress in Crops Points to Surprising Benefits

Stress is known as the "killer disease" and in humans it can lead to an increased risk of terminal issues such as heart attack or stroke. But now research...

Researchers Discover Corn Plants Call Hungry Nematodes When Resistant Rootworms Attack

Someday – in some scientifically savvy encyclopedia perhaps – the word “resilience” may include a photograph of the Western Corn Rootworm. This crafty, intrepid rootworm has found a way...
KeyGene

Opportunities Outweigh Challenges: Crop Gene Editing and the Food System

Investments in gene-editing tools for agricultural crops have heated up in recent years and will only intensify in 2019. The technology is increasingly recognized as game-changing, and according to...

Plant–Fungal Interface Gets Tubular

For hundreds of millions of years, plants and fungi have formed symbiotic relationships to trade crucial nutrients, such as phosphate and fatty acids. This relationship is extremely important to...

According to Study, Data Mining Brings New Clarity To Plant Breeding

The immense number of possible hybrids that can be created from inbred corn plants can leave plant breeders wondering where to start when attempting to produce new crop varieties...