NIFA

NIFA Lays Out Vision for Future Plant Breeding

Technology will be key to improving crops more quickly to feed a growing world. It’s no secret that a rapidly growing population that may reach nearly 10 billion people by...

Study Reveals Best Use of Wildflowers to Benefit Crops on Farms

With bee pollinators in decline and pesky crop pests lowering yields, sustainable and organic farmers need environmentally friendly solutions. One strategy is to border crops with wildflower plantings to attract...

Mackenzie Trader Thinks Drones Are the Next Big Thing

At the 30th Annual Independent Professional Seed Association Conference in Indian Wells, California, Alex Martin sat down with IPSA scholar Mackenzie Trader, an undergraduate at Rend Lake College in...
analytics

Visualizing Gene-Trait Networks

For scientists, the moniker “seeing is believing” may now become “seeing is discovering,” thanks to new open-source software. Non-bioinformaticians can now create knowledge-networks, a powerful way for biologists to visualize...

Cowpeas: A Library for Food Security

Tim Close has found himself, happily, stuck in a library. But it’s not your typical library with shelves and books. It’s a genetic library of cowpea varieties, also known...
emergence

Plant Establishment in Canola

The Canola Research Hub at canolaresearch.ca has a user-interactive research database. This article is based on the query “What are some of the factors that impact canola emergence?” with...

Policy Roundtable

Travel around the world and explore the policy and regulatory environment associated with plant breeding innovation. Countries opt for different approaches, but the international seed industry remains hopeful these...

Build It and They Will Grow

Universities and state legislatures across the country see the need for and potential of investing in plant science centers. Interest is strong among universities to invest in plant science research....
alfalfa seed

Keeping Up With Alfalfa Advances

Whether it’s new conventional varieties with better winter hardiness and disease resistance, or a new GE product with herbicide resistance and improved digestibility, there’s a lot happening in the...

Building on Success

Today’s plant breeding methods rely on the innovations and advances that came before them. The science of plant breeding is ever-evolving, and access to new technologies allows researchers to...

Protecting Soybean Seedlings

Companies work to help farmers battle soybean cyst nematode through traits and seed-applied technologies. A microscopic roundworm that causes no specific symptoms is the most serious threat to soybean farmers...

Free the Seed

Is there any source of germplasm without restrictions? Intellectual Property (IP) surrounds almost everything in research and is increasingly important when it comes to protecting new varieties that companies produce;...
video

Brett Carver (OSU) Exploring Genomics, Undoing Miscommunication About Wheat, Germplasm Availability

In a conversation with Seed World's Publisher Shawn Brook, Brett Carver hones in on what's happening in Oklahoma State University's wheat breeding program, what drives it and how it...

Back from the Brink

From a handful of seeds, a classic American wheat is making a comeback. You’ve followed precisely the listed ingredients and the directions written generations ago in loopy cursive letters on...

UC Davis Breeding Strawberries for the 21st Century

http://media.blubrry.com/strategysession/p/content.blubrry.com/strategysession/Steve_Knapp_21st_Century_Strawberry_Breeding.mp3 Strawberry farmers and industry leaders say new science, education and collaborations underway at the UC Davis Public Strawberry Breeding Program bode well for the quality and sustainability of strawberries in...

Deflectors Help to Reduce Dust

New research shows that the use of deflectors on planters helps to reduce pollinator exposure to dust from treated seed. With the goal of protecting pollinators from seed treatment dust...

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...