Rice: Blast Resistance Could Be on the Horizon

🕔Aug 16, 2019Researchers have uncovered an unusual protein activity in rice that can be exploited to give crops an edge in the evolutionary arms race against rice blast disease, a major threat […]

Ag Trade: Tariffs Lead to Creative Supply Chains

🕔Aug 6, 2019Where there’s a will to peddle soybeans in the global marketplace, there’s a way, even if a trade war creates roadblocks. In the recent issue of the international open-access journal […]

Multi-Herbicide Resistance Gene Found in Rice, Potential for Future Biotech

🕔Jul 26, 2019A rice gene that renders the crop resistant to several widely used beta-triketone herbicides has been identified, researchers report, revealing the genetic cause of herbicide susceptibility that has been identified […]

Plant Viruses May Be Reshaping Our World, Says Study

🕔Jul 17, 2019The community of viruses is staggeringly vast. Occupying every conceivable biological niche, from searing undersea vents to frigid tundra, these enigmatic invaders, hovering between inert matter and life, circumnavigate the […]

Tobacco: Plants Producing Medical Proteins – Success Reported

🕔Jul 8, 2019A new Cornell University-led study describes the first successful rearing of engineered tobacco plants in order to produce medical and industrial proteins outdoors in the field, a necessity for economic […]

Wisconsin: Irrigated Farming in Central Sands Cools Region’s Climate

🕔Jul 5, 2019New research finds that irrigated farms within Wisconsin’s vegetable-growing Central Sands region significantly cool the local climate compared to nearby rain-fed farms or forests. Irrigation dropped maximum temperatures by one […]

Warming Midwest Increases Likelihood Farmers Will Need to Irrigate

🕔Jun 20, 2019If current climate and crop-improvement trends continue into the future, Midwestern corn growers who today rely on rainfall to water their crops will need to irrigate their fields, a new […]

California: Spotted Lantern Fly – Looking For An Ally Before It Hits Key Crops

🕔Jun 18, 2019UC Riverside is testing whether a sesame seed-sized wasp can control a pest that could seriously damage California crops including wine, walnuts, and avocados. The pest, a sap-sucking spotted lantern […]

Waterhemp Found Resistant to Another Class of Herbicides

🕔Jun 14, 2019In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists document waterhemp’s resistance to yet another class of herbicides, known as Group 15s. The study provides the first documentation of […]

Almond Genome Reveals How Edible, Sweet Almonds Arose

🕔Jun 14, 2019The sweet, edible almonds we enjoy today are a far cry from their bitter wild ancestors. That is thanks to a point mutation in the genes, according to a new […]

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