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...

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...

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...

Insect-Deterring Sorghum Compounds May Be Eco-Friendly Pesticide

Compounds produced by sorghum plants to defend against insect feeding could be isolated, synthesized and used as a targeted, nontoxic insect deterrent, according to researchers who studied...

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...

Year of the Salvia Nemorosa

Origin: Eurasia Family: Lamiacea Genus: Salvia Uses: Salvia can be used as perennial borders, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, wild gardens or along paths. Tolerances: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Air Pollution Fun Fact: The sage you...

Year of the Pumpkin

Origin: Central American Family: Cucubitaceae Genus: Cucurbita Includes: Various species of Cucurbita pepo, which includes varieties of winter squash, summer squash, zucchini, and gourds Uses: Pumpkins are a staple for fall decorations and recipes —...

Year of the Dahlia

Origin: Mexico and Guatemala Family: Asteraceae Genus: Dahlia Uses: Dahlias can be used for dyeing — all dahlias produce warm yellows and oranges with an alum mordant and greens with iron mordants. Dyeing...

Year of the Snapdragon

Origin: Mediterranean region, parts of the Middle East and North Africa Family: Plantaginaceae Genus: Antirrhinum Uses: Snapdragons can be used for biennial culture like pansies, because they can develop robust spring plants....

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...

Allen Van Deynze Loves the Fact He’s Not Deprived of Cucurbits Anymore

Allen Van Deynze is a researcher in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California — Davis. Originally from Canada, he...

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;...