Breeding a Better Peanut

Breeding new varieties of this popular snack to please the industry is no easy feat. Peanut butter. Peanut oil. Dry roasted. Honey roasted. This list barely scratches the surface of all...
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All Eyes on the United States

All Eyes on the United States Most likely, being a reader of Seed World, you full well understand your unique role and vested interest in the United States seed industry....

The Quest to Breed Tough Corn Hybrids

One seedsman harnesses the power of Mother Nature in his breeding programs to evaluate hybrids across multiple environments simultaneously. “Mother Nature doesn’t work in a vacuum.” That comment by Ed...

Study Clears Way for New Approaches to Plant Disease

A Washington State University biologist has found what he calls “very strong support” for an 86-year-old hypothesis about how nutrients move through plants. His two-decade analysis of the phenomenon...
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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...
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Bad Vibrations: Plants respond to insect chewing

New research shows when caterpillars bite into a leaf, plants can detect chewing vibrations and mobilize chemical defenses. University of Missouri researchers have discovered that Arabidopsis mustard plants can detect...
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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...

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...
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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...
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A Systems Approach to Corn and Soybeans

A Systems Approach to Corn and Soybeans Seed companies are changing the way they sell seed–because there’s more to farmers’ success than great genetics. Large seed companies are taking a page...
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Protecting Pollinators Part 5

Science and Stewardship Over the course of Seed World’s Protecting Pollinators series, we have discussed the current state of honey bee health, the many stressors impacting honey bees, as well...

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...
Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Trait Stewardship a Shared Responsibility

Should China dictate what new technologies U.S. farmers have access to? Some of the trading issues between the United States and China have brought trait stewardship front and center in...
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A New Tool for Plant Breeders

New Tool for Breeders PINTO provides transparency to plant breeders. A new tool is available to breeders around the world in search of patent details related to plant varieties commercially available in...

Podcast: Stem Cell Discovery Could Lead to Even Higher Yields

http://media.blubrry.com/strategysession/p/content.blubrry.com/strategysession/Dave_Jackson_Understanding_the_Architecture_of_Maize.mp3 Biologists at New York's Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have made an important discovery that helps explain how plants regulate the proliferation of their stem cells. The discovery has...
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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...

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...

Safety, Sustainability, Yield and Risks

Three experts share their perspective about major issues surrounding genetically modified crops. Since the advent of genetically modified organisms decades ago, the debate about the technology and its risks or...

Researching to Infinity and Beyond

With endless knowledge just a click away, how can we engage students to get excited about making their own discoveries? What’s better than growing plants on Earth? Here’s a hint:...

Rebalancing Plant Hormones for a Stress-free State

Stoller’s chief chemist shares the basics of plant growth regulators and how they work. With the aim of helping plants reach their maximum potential and better cope with environmental stressors,...