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

Jul 19

Scientists hope genetic research will lead to new breakthroughs in weed control

Illinois study advances possibility of genetic control for major agricultural weeds An article featured in the journal Weed Science sheds important new light on the genetics and potential control of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp - two troublesome Amara

Jul 18

Chinese agricultural technology to help boost Pakistan’s rice export

Enjoying a much greater amount of rice yield is not the only reason for Pakistan's young agrarian Wasim Waheed's satisfaction, but achieving exemplary excellence in its research and development by using modern technology is also making him happy and proud

Jul 17

Rewards and risks of buying seed online

Minnesota farmer Lance Petersen estimates he saved between 10% and 15% on his seed corn for 2019 by buying all of it online. Like many farmers, Petersen was unable to plant all his corn acres and now has carryover for next season. But Petersen is undaunte

Jul 16

Corn seed blend refuge isn’t the most effective option

Using a seed blend refuge is not as good as a structured refuge, but it can slow the development of resistance. ( Farm Journal ) Since 1996, corn and cotton farmers have rapidly adopted the use of Bt crops. They could plant and rest, knowing the Bacillu

Jul 15

Singapore opens first seed bank to protect regional plant diversity against climate change

Singapore’s first seed bank was officially launched on Saturday (Jul 13), as part of efforts to protect local and regional plant diversity against threats like climate change and habitat loss. The Singapore Botanic Gardens Seed Bank, set up by the Nati

Jul 12

Gene identified that will help develop plants to fight climate change

Hidden underground networks of plant roots snake through the earth foraging for nutrients and water, similar to a worm searching for food. Yet, the genetic and molecular mechanisms that govern which parts of the soil roots explore remain largely unknown.

Jul 11

Robot uses machine learning to harvest lettuce

A vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest a commonplace, but challenging, agricultural crop has been developed by engineers. The ‘Vegebot’, developed by a team at the University of Cambridge, was initially trained t

Jul 10

Scientists decode DNA secrets of world’s toughest bean

Cowpea seeds in a range of coat colors, patterns, sizes and shapes. (TJ Close/UCR) UC Riverside scientists have decoded the genome of black-eyed peas, offering hope for feeding Earth’s expanding population, especially as the climate changes. Understa

Jul 09

Researchers can finally modify plant mitochondrial DNA

Researchers in Japan have successfully edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time. A mitochondrial gene that causes cytoplasmic male infertility was deleted using a mitoTALENs technique. Infertile rice (right) stands straight, but fertile rice (le