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Aug 30

Getting to the root of how plants tolerate too much iron

Iron is essential for plant growth, but with heavy rainfall and poor aeration, many acidic soils become toxic with excess iron. In countries with dramatic flood seasons, such as in West Africa and tropical Asia, toxic iron levels can have dire consequence

Aug 29

New seeds may help cotton farmers in face of drought, climate change

The U.S. is the world's leading cotton exporter, with an industry estimated to generate more than $21 billion of products and services a year. Drought and climate change are having an effect on the crop, though. So scientists in Boston are growing cotto

Aug 28

South Carolina researchers working to develop drought-tolerant soybeans

Sweltering temperatures and low-moisture conditions can have a large impact on South Carolina soybeans, causing farmers to turn away from one of the state’s highest-yielding crops. But some Clemson researchers are studying how to develop soybean variet

Aug 27

University of Florida research makes breeding flavorful tomatoes easier

Denise Tieman, a UF research assistant professor in the UF horticultural sciences department, is researching how to make tomatoes taste better through DNA sequencing. She will present her preliminary findings on Sept. 4 at the UF/IFAS Florida Tomato Inst

Aug 26

Rain-resistant wheat variety developed using genome editing

A rain-resistant wheat variety developed through genome editing, left, and a conventional variety (Provided by Okayama University and the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization) Scientists have created a rain-resistant wheat variety using g

Aug 23

Scientists successfully innoculate, grow crops in salt-damaged soil

A group of researchers may have found a way to reverse falling crop yields caused by increasingly salty farmlands throughout the world. Led by Brent Nielsen, professor of microbiology and molecular biology at Brigham Young University, scientists have use

Aug 22

How digital revolution in farming systems can boost productivity

Effective science and communication collaborations are critical to ensure gene editing technology does not suffer from the “perception problem” now facing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a plant pathologist warned. “I want to feed the world

Aug 21

Artificial intelligence helps banana growers protect the world’s most favorite fruit

Artificial intelligence-powered tools are rapidly becoming more accessible, including for people in the more remote corners of the globe. This is good news for smallholder farmers, who can use handheld technologies to run their farms more efficiently, lin

Aug 20

New cotton varieties to target reniform nematodes

Nematodes annually take 5 percent of the U.S. cotton crop, on average. Some fields lose as much as 25 percent to these invisible bandits. John Mueller, Clemson university Extension nematologist, estimates annual losses of 1 million bales, nationwide. Pr

Aug 19

Discovery could pave the way for disease-resistant rice crops

Researchers 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 to rice production around the world. Magnaporthe oryzae, the fungus that l