Hermann Bürstmayr on his Love of Wheat and the First International Wheat Congress

The first International Wheat Congress will be held in Saskatoon, Sask., from July 21-26, 2019. The Congress is the first meeting of its kind. It will...

Marilyn Warburton Works with Green, Moldy Corn and Loves Every Minute of It

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the University of California, Davis, teamed up to tackle an important topic: food safety. At the Breeding Crops...

Cover Crop Corner: It’s Time to Ditch Dixie

Plant breeding improvements have given the industry better alternatives to industry standard cover crop varieties When Dixie Crimson Clover was released in 1953, its...

Maeli Melotto Thinks Bringing Food Safety and Plant Breeding Together Can Create Solutions

From June 5-6, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the University of California, Davis, teamed up to tackle an important topic: food safety. At...

Plant Pathogens on the Prowl

As global trade expands and the climate changes, experts predict the battle against pathogens will only intensify. Since the dawn of agriculture, pests and diseases have challenged humanity’s ability to...
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Doing Cool Things with CRISPR

Young scientists are pushing the boundaries of a new technology that is revolutionizing the field of genomics. Josiah Zayner is taking science out of the lab and into the kitchen,...

Using Varieties and Genetics to Combat Wheat Production Challenges

Wheat production faces numerous difficulties, from weather to profitability. Three experts explain how plant breeders are tackling these issues.  Wheat production challenges are...

Advancing Seed Coatings and Polymers

With the increased demands being place on the seed, this niche sector of the industry is set for rapid growth. More and more, seed is seen as the delivery mechanism...

A World Without GMOs

Imagining a world without genetically modified organisms isn’t hard to do, but researchers say the prospect is detrimental to both farmers and consumers. U.S. researchers have a mathematical model at...

Gail Taylor Wants Watercress to Be the Next Kale

This past week, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and University of California, Davis, teamed up to tackle an important topic: food safety. At the...

The Molecular Maize Atlas Encourages Genetic Diversity

With so much germplasm to categorize, what's the best way to label them? Seeds of Discovery is working on the answer. Imagine walking through a grocery store, doing your weekly...

Accelerating Innovation

New developments in seed-applied technologies are fostering sustainability while helping more farmers achieve agricultural success. The recent consolidation in the global seed industry has...
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The World is a Boll of Cotton

With expected increases in global cotton production, prices aren’t likely to increase. Nonetheless, seed companies invest in varieties with improved water-use efficiency, enhanced disease resistance and increased flexibility for...

Plants Don’t Think, They Grow: The Case Against Plant Consciousness

If a tree falls, and no one's there to hear it, does it feel pain and loneliness? No, experts argue in an opinion article publishing on July...

What’s so Complicated about Cantaloupe? Plenty

We’ve all been there.  You buy a supermarket cantaloupe, cut it up, take a bite, and start chewing. You’d hoped for a juicy, succulent, flavorful fruit, but instead the experience...

GENETICS vs. TRAITS

When selling seed balance customer priorities and potential. With tighter margins and constantly-evolving pest and disease issues, growers are looking to fine-tune their 2015 seed order. With those considerations, among...

UPOV PRISMA Helps Breeders Make Varieties More Widely Available

UPOV PRISMA is the new online PBR application tool. Let’s say you just created a wonderful new variety after 10 years of crossing and selection, and now you want to...

A Slice of Bread and Butter for the Gluten Intolerant?

Researchers are using gene editing with the hopes of modifying the protein of wheat to help those with celiac disease.  The rise of people dealing with celiac disease leads to...

The Future of Agriculture is Computerized

What goes into making plants taste good? For scientists in MIT's Media Lab, it takes a combination of botany, machine-learning algorithms, and some good old-fashioned chemistry.

Technology Driving Change

Rural America is facing different changes at every level, but the biggest influencer? Technology. From top to bottom, rural America is changing, and...