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Tortillas tell the story of folate deficiency in Mexico: study
A new study hat accounts for folic acid fortification in staple foods made from wheat and corn, such as bakery bread and tortillas, found that large proportion of women of childbearing age have FA intake below levels recommended by the World Health Organization, potentially raising the risk for neural tube defects in their offspring. (2019-09-17)
Palmer amaranth's molecular secrets reveal troubling potential
Corn, soybean, and cotton farmers shudder at the thought of Palmer amaranth invading their fields. (2019-09-16)
Corn one step closer to bacterial leaf streak resistance
Bacterial leaf streak, a foliar disease in corn, has only been in the United States for a handful of years, but Tiffany Jamann says it's a major problem in the Western Corn Belt. (2019-09-11)
Teeth offer vital clues about diet during the Great Irish Famine
Scientific analysis of dental calculus -- plaque build-up -- of the Famine's victims found evidence of corn (maize), oats, potato, wheat and milk foodstuffs. (2019-09-09)
The positives of climate change? WVU research shows agricultural, economic possibilities
Jason Hubbart, director of Institute of Water Security and Science at West Virginia University, found that, between 1900 and 2016, maximum temperatures in West Virginia trended downward, average minimum temperatures ascended and annual precipitation increased. (2019-08-27)
Thyme essential oil in corn starch particles combats Aedes aegypti larvae
A system created in Brazil using cheap, biodegradable materials permits controlled release of larvicide and can be used in small amounts of water. (2019-08-06)
Overturning the truth on conservation tillage
Conservation tillage does not lower yield in modern cropping systems. (2019-07-31)
Giving a chip about masa
Scientists call for more research into food grade corn breeding, production (2019-07-17)
Yield-boosting stay-green gene identified from 118-year-old experiment in corn
A corn gene identified from a 118-year-old experiment at the University of Illinois could boost yields of today's elite hybrids with no added inputs. (2019-07-11)
New study: How much do climate fluctuations matter for global crop yields?
The El Niño-Southern Oscillation has been responsible for widespread, simultaneous crop failures in recent history, according to a new study. (2019-07-09)
Researchers can finally modify plant mitochondrial DNA
Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food supply. (2019-07-08)
'Planting green' cover-crop strategy may help farmers deal with wet springs
Allowing cover crops to grow two weeks longer in the spring and planting corn and soybean crops into them before termination is a strategy that may help no-till farmers deal with wet springs, according to Penn State researchers. (2019-07-01)
Kazan University Clinic testing biodegradable plant-based implants
The prosthetics technology is based on potato and corn materials which serve as 'food' for the replaced tissues and can be slowly absorbed by the patient's own tissue. (2019-06-19)
Biochar may boost carbon storage, but benefits to germination and growth appear scant
Biochar may not be the miracle soil additive that many farmers and researchers hoped it to be, according to a new University of Illinois study. (2019-06-19)
A warming Midwest increases likelihood that farmers will need to irrigate
If 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 study finds. (2019-06-18)
Farmer researchers reap more benefits than just increased crop production
Participants in research are motivated by learning, teaching opportunities. (2019-06-12)
Genetic discovery may improve corn quality, yields
Researchers may be able to improve corn yields and nutritional value after discovering genetic regulators that synthesize starch and protein in the widely eaten grain, according to a Rutgers-led study. (2019-05-22)
Industry-ready process makes plastics chemical from plant sugars
A team from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison describe an efficient and economically feasible process for producing HMF, a versatile plant-derived chemical considered crucial for building a renewable economy. (2019-05-03)
Excessive rainfall as damaging to corn yield as extreme heat, drought
Recent flooding in the Midwest has brought attention to the complex agricultural problems associated with too much rain. (2019-04-30)
Research sheds light on genomic features that make plants good candidates for domestication
New research details how the process of domestication affected the genomes of corn and soybeans. (2019-04-24)
New key stages discovered in how plants prepare to make sex cells for reproduction
Scientists at Stanford have built a detailed timeline of the gene activity leading up to meiosis in corn, a finding with potential implications for plant breeding as well as sexually reproductive organisms more broadly. (2019-04-24)
New method to detect off-target effects of CRISPR
Since the CRISPR genome editing technology was invented in 2012, it has shown great promise to treat a number of intractable diseases. (2019-04-18)
Study: Phenols in purple corn fight diabetes, obesity, inflammation in mouse cells
Scientists at the University of Illinois developed new purple corn hybrids with differing combinations of phenols in the pericarp that fight obesity, inflammation and insulin resistance, a new study in mice suggests. (2019-04-15)
Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn
Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn, according to Rutgers-led research that helps explain the genetic instability in certain strains and may lead to better breeding of corn and other crops. (2019-04-15)
Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss from Midwest cropland
Farmers can't predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University, they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields. (2019-04-15)
Low-calorie sweetener derived from lactose gets manufacturing boost from yeast
The quest to satisfy the sweet tooth without adding to the waistline has a new weapon in its arsenal: a strain of yeast that can metabolize lactose, the sugar in dairy products, into tagatose, a natural sweetener with less than half the calories of table sugar. (2019-04-15)
Fungal mating: Next weapon against corn aflatoxin?
Native fungi combinations show promise against aflatoxin. (2019-04-03)
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 plant-insect interactions that included field, greenhouse and laboratory components. (2019-04-03)
Nature versus nurture: Environment exerts greater influence on corn health than genetics
In one of the largest and most diverse leaf microbe studies to date, the team monitored the active bacteria on the leaves of 300 diverse lines of corn growing in a common environment. (2019-04-02)
Manure application changes with winter crop can cut nitrogen loss, boost profits
Dairy farmers in the Northeast can improve water quality and boost the profitability of their operations by changing the timing and method of applying manure to their fields in the fall, along with planting rye as a cover crop between corn crops -- or by double-cropping rye and corn, according to Penn State researchers. (2019-04-02)
Air pollution caused by corn production increases mortality rate in US
A new study establishes that environmental damage caused by corn production results in 4,300 premature deaths annually in the United States, representing a monetized cost of $39 billion. (2019-04-01)
Understanding what makes Tennessee whiskey unique
Freshly distilled, un-aged whiskey is filtered over charcoal made from the sugar maple tree in a mysterious, but necessary step known as the Lincoln County Process. (2019-03-31)
McSteen lab finds a new gene essential for making ears of corn
The new research, which appears in the journal Molecular Plant, extends the growing biological understanding of how different parts of corn plants develop, which is important information for a crop that is a mainstay of the global food supply. (2019-03-29)
High-fructose corn syrup enhances tumor growth in a mouse model of intestinal cancer
In a new study, researchers have found that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup can enhance tumor growth in mice that are genetically predisposed to develop intestinal cancer. (2019-03-21)
High-fructose corn syrup boosts intestinal tumor growth in mice
Consuming a daily modest amount of high-fructose corn syrup -- the equivalent of people drinking about 12 ounces of a sugar-sweetened beverage daily -- accelerates the growth of intestinal tumors in mouse models of the disease, independently of obesity. (2019-03-21)
High-fructose corn syrup promotes colon tumor growth in mice
Consuming the equivalent of one can of soda per day caused mice predisposed to colon cancer to develop larger tumors, according to a study by Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators. (2019-03-21)
When temperatures drop, Siberian Miscanthus plants surpass main bioenergy variety
Miscanthus is a popular, sustainable, perennial feedstock for bioenergy production that thrives on marginal land in temperate regions. (2019-02-26)
Keeping SDGs from being a zero-sum game
Even as the world gets on the same sustainability page courtesy of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those very goals can result in significant tradeoffs. (2019-02-11)
A very small number of crops are dominating globally. That's bad news for sustainable agriculture
A new U of T study finds that globally we're growing more of the same kinds of crops, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale. (2019-02-06)
Everything in moderation
In efforts to curb our use of greenhouse gas-generating fossil fuels, plant-based biofuels are among the top contenders as alternative liquid energy sources for transportation. (2019-02-01)
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