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Aug 02

Scientists crack the code to improve stress tolerance in plants

In any eukaryotic organism, the DNA in a cell exists not as a loose strand, but as a highly condensed complex that consists of DNA and other proteins known as histones. Overall, this condensed structure is referred to as chromatin, and this packaging is i

Aug 01

Australia – Maize research highlights yield increase potential

Maize growers in Queensland and northern New South Wales could dramatically improve yields and water use efficiency by rethinking their approach to hybrid selection, row configuration and population density. A three-year research project conducted by the

Jul 31

Study: GMOs are needed to feed the planet in 2050

Dive Brief: A World Resources Institute report published July 17 said urgent changes in the global food system are needed to make sure there is enough food for an estimated 10 billion people by 2050. To reach this goal, the 564-page report said a

Jul 30

USDA: Soybeans accounted for majority of US, Brazil’s agricultural exports to China

China is the world’s largest importer of soybeans and represented 65 percent of global soybean imports in 2017. Soybeans are the most prominent agricultural commodity exported to China by both the United States and Brazil. 2017, prior to the Chinese

Jul 29

Researchers found worm pheromones could protect major crops

Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute have found that compounds from an unlikely source -- microscopic soil roundworms -- could achieve this ai

Jul 26

Newly identified rice gene confers multiple-herbicide resistance

A 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 in some important rice varieties. The n

Jul 25

Researchers identify double mechanism that regulates how plants react to drought

Researchers of the Institute of the Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants (IBMCP), mixed centre of Valencia’s Polytechnic University (UPV) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), have identified a double mechanism, of inhibition and degrada

Jul 24

Scientists identify TR4-resistant bananas

Research into disease resistance at WUR has apparently involved the testing of around 20,000 individual plants (Photo: Fernando Alexander García-Bastidas) The international banana industry is apparently a major step closer to salvation after scientists

Jul 23

GM crops in India: farmers clear, politics muddled

Conventional crop breeding was about selection and crossing of plants within the same genus, to produce offspring with the desired traits of both parents. Even in the Green Revolution, the dwarfing genes that Norman Borlaug used for developing high-yieldi

Jul 22

A new way to grow crops in marginal soils could help feed the world

The global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion in 2050 — but how will we feed all these people? Roughly one-third of the world’s arable land suffers from lack of accessible iron, rendering it inhospitable to staple crops like maize and soybea