Year of the Brassica

Origin: Western Europe, Mediterranean and temperate regions of Asia Family: Brassica Genus: Brassicaceae Includes: Bok choy, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, Collards, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Kale, Kohlrabi, Radish, Rutabagas, Turnips Fun Fact: The Chinese philosopher Confucius, before dying in 479 B.C., wrote more than 300 songs...
Changing the LLP Landscape

Changing the LLP Landscape

National seed associations around the globe now have a new tool that can be used to work with governments on implementing low-level presence policies. The seed industry is increasingly global,...

Mastering the Data Layer

THE MODERN TRACTOR IS MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY SOPHISTICATED THAN THE FIRST SPACE SHUTTLE THAT WENT TO THE MOON. THE IMPLICATIONS FOR THE AG SECTOR ARE STAGGERING, SAYS THIS GERMANY-BASED FUTURIST. The...

Researchers Get a Peek into how Plants Get their Traits

A new technique developed by Salk Institute scientists for rapidly mapping regions of DNA targeted by regulatory proteins could give scientists insight into what makes some plants drought tolerant...
AI

Making Sense of Sensors, and the Internet of Agriculture

Just as we increasingly live in a digital world, so too are we more and more living in a world of sensors. These devices measure sound, radiation, light, heat and...

Next-Level Wheat

Experts estimate hybrid wheat will be on the market within 10 years. What can the seed industry and farmers expect? It seems hybrid wheat’s time has come. “It’s the new step-change...

Biofortification Leads to Healthier Plants

Biofortification of crops is often done for people in the developing world, but the concept is now finding its niche in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease...
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Bt Questions Answered

Bt Questions Answered As Monsanto continues its research, study sheds new light on pest resistance to Bt crops. As Monsanto continues its research into pest resistance in Bt crops, a study...

Should Researchers Engineer A Spicy Tomato?

The chili pepper, from an evolutionary perspective, is the tomato's long-lost spitfire cousin. They split off from a common ancestor 19 million years ago but still share some of...

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...
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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...