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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)
Scientists identify a novel target for corn straw utilization
A team of scientists led by Prof. FU Chunxiang from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology completed the identification of bm5 mutant. (2019-04-19)
To protect stem cells, plants have diverse genetic backup plans
When it comes to stem cell management, all flowering plants work to maintain the same status quo. (2019-04-15)
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)
Scientists confirm first report of egg parasitoid in Africa to fight fall armyworm
Scientists have confirmed the first report of an egg parasitoid Telenomus remus in Africa which could prove an important biological weapon in the fight against the devastating fall armyworm that threatens food security of more than 200 million people. (2019-04-01)
Crop yield in maize influenced by unexpected gene 'moonlighting'
Researchers identified a relationship between crop yield in the maize plant and activity of the RAMOSA3 gene. (2019-04-01)
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)
Inclusion of a crop model in a climate model to promote climate modeling
A new crop-climate model provides a good tool to investigate the relationship between crop development and climate change for global change studies. (2019-03-25)
How our plants have turned into thieves to survive
Scientists have discovered that grasses are able to short cut evolution by taking genes from their neighbors. (2019-02-18)
UTSA study: Stress in crops points to surprising benefits
Stress is known as the 'killer disease' and in humans it can lead to an increased risk of terminal issues such as heart attack or stroke. (2019-02-14)
Research characterizes evolution of pathway for reproductive fitness in flowering plants
Small RNAs are key regulators involved in plant growth and development. (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)
Harvesting wild genes gives crops renewed resistance to disease
A global alliance of researchers has pioneered a new method to rapidly recruit disease-resistance genes from wild plants for transfer into domestic crops. (2019-02-04)
Listeria in the feed: A dangerous hygiene problem in fattening pigs
In a recent study, researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna investigated an episode of fatal listeriosis in fattening pigs with a mortality rate of nearly 10 percent. (2019-01-25)
Common policy premise on link between soil and crop yield is valid -- to a point
While policymakers often tout the benefits of increasing soil organic matter as a way to boost agricultural yield, there is limited evidence that this strategy actually works. (2019-01-24)
Genome doubling, cell size and novelty
In the 2019 Coulter Review, 'Polyploidy, the Nucleotype, and Novelty: The Impact of Genome Doubling on the Biology of the Cell,' published in the International Journal of Plant Sciences (180:1-52), Jeff J. (2019-01-15)
Scientists forecast where is the highly invasive fall armyworm to strike next
Known to be feeding on many economically important crops, including maize, sugarcane, beet, tomato, potato and cotton, the larvae of the native to the Americas fall armyworm moth already seem to present a huge threat to the world's yield. (2019-01-09)
Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils
Researchers have discovered an ancient Japanese pottery vessel from the late Jomon period (4500-3300 BP) with an estimated 500 maize weevils incorporated into its design. (2018-12-18)
Sphinx molecule to rescue African farmers from witchweed
An interdisciplinary team led by researchers at Nagoya University has discovered a highly potent and selective molecule, SPL7, that can lead seeds of the noxious parasitic weed Striga to suicide germination. (2018-12-17)
Research team discovers oldest known plant virus at ancient settlement
Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported. (2018-12-13)
Scientists overhaul corn domestication story with multidisciplinary analysis
Scientists are revising the history of one of the world's most important crops. (2018-12-13)
Revealed by a multidisciplinary effort: History of maize domestication not what we thought
The domestication of maize, a process which began in what is now central Mexico nearly 9,000 years ago, was far more complex and nuanced than once previously thought, a new study finds. (2018-12-13)
MON 810 and NK603 GM Maize: No effects detected on rat health or metabolism
A diet based on MON 810 or NK603 transgenic maize does not affect the health or metabolism of rats, under the conditions of the GMO 90+1 project1. (2018-12-13)
Bioenergy crops could be as bad for biodiversity as climate change
A large scale expansion in bioenergy crop production could be just as detrimental to biodiversity as climate change itself, according to new research. (2018-12-10)
More bioplastics do not necessarily contribute to climate change mitigation
Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. (2018-12-07)
Simple steps to climate-proof farms have big potential upside for tropical farmers
Climate-smart agriculture boosts yields, mitigates extreme weather impact and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. (2018-12-06)
Research brief: Farmer adjustments can offset climate change impacts in corn production
U of M research looks closely at the future of maize crop yields with the effects of climate change. (2018-11-09)
Climate changes require better adaptation to drought
Europe's future climate will be characterised by more frequent heat waves and more widespread drought. (2018-10-16)
Designing a more productive corn able to cope with future climates
An international research team has found they can increase corn productivity by targeting the enzyme in charge of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere. (2018-10-01)
Illinois research accurately predicts US end-of-season corn yield
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new method of predicting end-of-season corn yield that outperforms the USDA's estimations, in a scientifically rigorous and reproducible way. (2018-09-27)
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