Plants grow less in hotter temperatures

Plants have developed a robust system that stops their cell cycle in hostile environments such as abnormally hot temperatures. In response, they direct their energy to survival...

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 Future of Agriculture is Computerized

What goes into making plants taste good? For scientists in MIT's Media Lab, it takes a combination of botany, machine-learning algorithms, and some good old-fashioned chemistry.

Purdue Scientists Nail Down Important Plant Compound Pathway

Purdue University plant molecular biochemist Natalia Dudareva and colleagues have described a complete second pathway used by plants to produce phenylalanine, a compound important for all living organisms. Phenylalanine is...

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....

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...

Delivering the Whole Package

For every $1 million invested in varieties developed by the Crop Development Centre, producers make over $7 million. Here’s how the CDC has accomplished this. The key to success in...

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...

Paradee Thammapichai Hopes You’ll One Day See Orange Cucumbers on the Shelf

Paradee Thammapichai is a graduate student in the plant genetics program at the University of Wisconsin — Madison working on genomics-aided development and characterization of Cucumis hystrix introgression lines in cucumber....

CRISPR-CAS9 Used To Modify Seed Morphology Traits In Wheat

Genome editing using the CRISPR-Cas9 system has the potential to speed up the improvement of wheat varieties by elucidating the molecular basis of agronomic traits and enabling the modification...

A Slice of Bread and Butter for the Gluten Intolerant?

Researchers are using gene editing with the hopes of modifying the protein of wheat to help those with celiac disease.  The rise of people dealing with celiac disease leads to...

Bill Copes Spends a Lot of Time Tasting Things

Bill Copes, melon breeder for HM.Clause Vegetable Seeds, sits down with Marc Zienkiewicz at Cucurbitaceae 2018 in Davis, Calif. last week to talk about what the company is doing to launch...

Research Uproots Weeds

As U.S. sorghum growers voice concerns about the lack of weed control options, the Sorghum Checkoff has funded three projects to help provide answers. Unlike corn and soybeans, sorghum has...

Jason Argyris Owes his Career to a Neighbor with a Really Big Garden

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018, we sit down with Jason Argyris, researcher at the CRAG Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics in Spain, to chat about improving...

Angela Linares Helps Bring Food Security to Puerto Rico Through Cucurbits

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with the associate director of the Department of Agro-Environmental Sciences at University of Puerto Rico to talk about food...
no-till

Study Examines No-Till Incentives

What would it take to get farmers to adopt no-till, and how might an incentive program be structured? The numbers might surprise you. Farmers who have switched to no-till management...

Sandra Branham’s Watermelon Work is Kind of a Big Deal for Seed Companies

On location in Davis, California at Cucurbitaceae 2018,  we sit down with United States Department of Agriculture postdoctoral research scientist Sandra Branham to talk about her work, why seed...
wheat

Protect Wheat Yields

As farmers nail down their winter wheat seed purchase, they’ll also need to determine if and what seed treatment should be included. Cereals are a very diverse crop and the...

The Indians of the Ecuadorian Amazon Were Using Cocoa 5,300 Years Ago

Traces of cocoa dating back 5300 years have been found in ancient pots in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is the oldest proof of cocoa use ever found. It predates...