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...

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...
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A Promising Future

A Promising Future Plant breeding’s potential in the United States is immense—as long as the public research sector is sufficiently funded. The importance of strong plant breeding programs in the United...

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...

Andrew Herr on why Faith and Science are not at Odds

Andrew Herr is an undergraduate from Iowa State University majoring in agronomy. He is currently conducting undergraduate research that uses image analysis to extract corn root phenotypes for use in...
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Exploring the Next Frontier of Genetics

For researchers studying epigenetics, looking at the surface of the genome could be the key to discovering the next big thing in plant and seed engineering. Classical genetics has been...
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Eliminate Endpoint Subjectivity

If the seed treatment-mixing period is too short, the seed treatment isn’t applied to the seed homogenously. If the mixing period is too long, the treatment gets too dry...

A Phenotyping Revolution

Researchers study how to best use remote sensing technologies to transform plant evaluation and phenotyping in the field. Each season, scientists, plant breeders and hired hands regularly trudge out...
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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,...

ISSS Looks at Seeds as Systems

The International Society for Seed Science showcases groundbreaking research at its 12th triennial conference. Seeds may be tiny, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful. These miniature powerhouses are...

Jim McCreight and Zhangjun Fei: The CucCAP Project and Making Better Melons

Jim McCreight, USDA research leader in crop improvement and protection research in Salinas, Calif., and Boyce Thompson Institute associate professor Zhangjun Fei, talk about the important work being done by...

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...

Navigating a Tight Ag Economy

With low commodity prices, farmers are looking to reign in input costs to hit break-even points and companies are slashing seed prices, but experts say that might not be...

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...

Danforth Plant Science Center Develops Versatile Field Phenotyping to Benefit Farmers

Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center are leveraging expertise in crop phenotyping with the development of the PheNode, a smart, farm-ready, solar-powered environmental sensor and phenotyping station...
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Out of This World Plant Research

Looking for plants to feed interplanetary space travelers. Speeding along at 4.8 miles per second at 250 miles above the earth, plant scientists aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are...

Barley Boom

Idaho has become a major player in providing barley for brewers around the world, thanks to new varieties and innovative farming practices. It’s the sort of statistic you might expect...
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Around the World

No two regions are alike when it comes to the acceptance and adoption of biotechnology. Here, you’ll explore the GMO environment across continents. Twenty years in and the adoption of...

Rakesh Kumar Loves Cantaloupe, but Gives Cucumber and Watermelon a Fair Shake, Too

Rakesh Kumar, melon R&D team lead at Syngenta, talks about why he's got such a passion for fruit and how it fits into Syngenta's portfolio. Interview conducted at Cucurbitaceae 2018...
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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...