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Megadroughts fueled Peruvian cloud forest activity
New research from Florida Tech found that strong and long-lasting droughts parched the usually moist Peruvian cloud forests, spurring farmers to colonize new cropland. (2019-12-09)
Recycling nutrient-rich industrial waste products enhances soil, reduces carbon
Recycling biotechnology byproducts can enhance soil health while reducing carbon emissions and maintaining crop yields. (2019-12-05)
Researchers clear the path for 'designer' plants
A team of researchers at the University of Georgia has found a way to identify gene regulatory elements that could help produce 'designer' plants and lead to improvements in food crops at a critical time. (2019-11-18)
How nematodes outsmart the defenses of pests
The western corn rootworm, one of the world's most damaging maize pests, can use plant defense compounds to defend itself against its own natural enemies, so-called entomopathogenic nematodes. (2019-11-15)
Protective microparticles shield and deliver micronutrients to people
A team of scientists has created a new microparticle-based platform that can preserve, protect and deliver micronutrients such as iron to rodents and human volunteers. (2019-11-13)
Microparticles could help fight malnutrition
MIT researchers have now developed a new way to fortify staple foods with these micronutrients by encapsulating them in a biocompatible polymer that prevents the nutrients from being degraded during storage or cooking. (2019-11-13)
Too much sugar doesn't put the brakes on turbocharged crops
Plants make sugars to form leaves to grow and produce grains and fruits through the process of photosynthesis, but sugar accumulation can also slow down photosynthesis. (2019-11-11)
Researchers double sorghum grain yield to improve food supply
A set of genes that make up the biosynthetic pathway controlling hormone production in sorghum plants can influence the number of flowers and seeds produced per plant. (2019-10-30)
A win-win for forests and small-holder dairy farming in East Africa
The native Napier grass could hold the key to improving diets, boosting farming yields and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in East Africa. (2019-10-24)
Ugandans and Kenyans in cities happy to pay for food that is more nutritious
Ugandans and Kenyans in poor urban households are willing to pay a premium for more nutritious flour, new research shows. (2019-10-18)
Photosynthesis olympics: can the best wheat varieties be even better?
Scientists have put elite wheat varieties through a sort of 'Photosynthesis Olympics' to find which varieties have the best performing photosynthesis. (2019-10-17)
Genetics to feed the world
A study, published in Nature Genetics, demonstrated the effectiveness of the technology known as genomic selection in a wheat improvement program. (2019-10-15)
Artificial intelligence and farmer knowledge boost smallholder maize yields
To better deal with climate stress, farmers in Colombia's maize-growing region of Córdoba needed information services that would help them decide what varieties to plant, when they should sow and how they should manage their crops. (2019-10-15)
No soil left behind: How a cost-effective technology can enrich poor fields
Many farmers across sub-Saharan Africa try to coax crops out of sandy soils that are not ideal for holding water and nutrients. (2019-10-09)
Cheap as chips: identifying plant genes to ensure food security
An international team of scientists led by the University of Goettingen has developed a new approach enabling researchers to more efficiently identify the genes that control plant traits. (2019-10-08)
Study finds rising ozone a hidden threat to corn
By exposing a genetically diverse group of corn plants in the field to future ozone levels, researchers discovered hidden vulnerabilities. (2019-10-01)
Biologists untangle growth and defense in maize, define key antibiotic pathways
Studying the complex layers of immunity in maize, a staple for diets around the world, scientists have identified key genes that enable surprisingly diverse antibiotic cocktails that can be produced as defensive blends against numerous disease agents. (2019-09-19)
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)
Discovery of a bottleneck relief in photosynthesis may have a major impact on food crops
Scientists have found how to relieve a bottleneck in the process by which plants transform sunlight into food, which may lead to an increase in crop production. (2019-08-16)
Gene variant in maize ancestor could increase yields in today's densely planted fields
From within the genetic diversity of wild teosinte -- the evolutionary ancestor of modern maize -- valuable traits lay hidden. (2019-08-15)
Biologists pioneer first method to decode gene expression
Biologists have developed the first system for determining gene expression based on machine learning. (2019-08-12)
Alternatives to burning can increase Indian farmers' profits and cut pollution
A new study published in Science shows that farmers in northern India could increase their profits if they stop burning their rice straw and adopt no-till practices to grow wheat. (2019-08-08)
Worm pheromones protect major crops
Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. (2019-07-25)
Plants defend against insects by inducing 'leaky gut syndrome'
Plants may induce 'leaky gut syndrome' -- permeability of the gut lining -- in insects as part of a multipronged strategy for protecting themselves from being eaten, according to researchers at Penn State. (2019-07-22)
UMD releases comprehensive review of the future of CRISPR technology in crops
CRISPR is thought of as 'molecular scissors' used to cut and edit DNA, but Yiping Qi, assistant professor at the University of Maryland, is looking far beyond these applications in his new publication in Nature Plants. (2019-07-15)
Genetic breakthrough in cereal crops could help improve yields worldwide
A team of Clemson University scientists has achieved a breakthrough in the genetics of senescence in cereal crops with the potential to dramatically impact the future of food security in the era of climate change. (2019-07-10)
Food may have been scarce in Chaco Canyon
Chaco Canyon, a site that was once central to the lives of precolonial peoples called Anasazi, may not have been able to produce enough food to sustain its estimated population numbers. (2019-07-10)
Maize-centric diet may have contributed to ancient Maya collapse
Researchers look at the role of diet in the ability of the ancient Maya to withstand periods of severe climatic stress. (2019-07-02)
Cereal grains scientists fight hidden hunger with new approach
Global demand for staple crops like maize, wheat, and rice is on the rise -- making these crops ideal targets for improving nutrition through biofortification. (2019-06-20)
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)
Columbia researcher studies how climate change affects crops in India
In a paper published in Environmental Research Letters, Columbia Researcher Kyle Davis found that the yields from grains such as millet, sorghum, and maize are more resilient to extreme weather in India; their yields vary significantly less due to year-to-year changes in climate and generally experience smaller declines during droughts. (2019-06-17)
Honey bee colonies down by 16%
The number of honey bee colonies fell by 16% in the winter of 2017-18, according to an international study led by the University of Strathclyde. (2019-06-05)
Heat, not drought, will drive lower crop yields, researchers say
Climate change-induced heat stress will play a larger role than drought stress in reducing the yields of several major US crops later this century, according to Cornell University researchers who weighed in on a high-stakes debate between crop experts and scientists. (2019-06-03)
Palm oil: Down from the conservation barricades and out of the rhetorical trenches
Oil palm is neither the devil's work, nor a godsend to humanity. (2019-05-28)
How corn's ancient ancestor swipes left on crossbreeding
Determining how one species becomes distinct from another has been a subject of fascination dating back to Charles Darwin. (2019-05-24)
How potatoes could become sun worshippers
If the temperature is too high, potato plants form significantly lower numbers of tubers. (2019-05-14)
Climate extremes explain 18%-43% of global crop yield variations
Climate extremes, such as drought, heatwaves, heavy precipitation and more are responsible for 18%-43% of variation in crop yields for maize, spring wheat, rice and soybeans. according to a new paper published in Environmental Research Letters. (2019-05-03)
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)
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