Jun 05

Chinese scientists complete whole genome sequencing of ancient wheat seeds

Chinese scientists have sequenced the whole genome of 3,800-year-old wheat seeds unearthed from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, decoding the food crop's spreading route into China. Four Chinese institutes jointly conducted the research. The scientists

Jun 03

Rice gene response to water and nutrients discovered

Gloria Coruzzi of New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology studies gene regulatory networks controlling nitrogen use efficiency and root nutrient uptake. | New York University photo Researchers at New York University have discover

May 31

Researchers ID genetic traits of modern tomatoes

It’s almost summer, and Georgia gardeners are eagerly awaiting their first tomato harvest. Just in time for those first tomato sandwiches, researchers at the University of Georgia have helped to unlock the mystery of what separates today’s tomatoes fr

May 30

Heat, not drought, will drive lower crop yields, researchers say

Cornell researchers have weighed in on a high-stakes debate between crop experts and scientists: Which of climate change’s challenges – higher temperature or stress from drought – poses the greater threat to U.S. rain-fed agriculture? “There is a

May 29

How drone data significantly improves seed breeding and seed production

Seed companies around the world deploy drone solutions to collect high throughput plant data and unlock the phenotyping bottleneck with aerial drone data. Collecting large-scale, field-based plant phenotypic data with sufficient resolution and accuracy i

May 28

New hybrid wheat seed to give boost to crop yield

The agriculture scientists of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) have developed climate resilient hybrid wheat seeds, which offered 35 to 40% more wheat production as compared to other commonly used wheat seeds. Due to climatic varia

May 27

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. New research led by Carnegie’s Matthew Evans and published in Nature Communications elucidates the mechanism that keeps maize di

May 24

Genetic discovery may improve corn quality, yields

Corn in a Waksman Institute of Microbiology field in Piscataway, New Jersey. - Photo: Hugo Dooner/Waksman Institute of Microbiology Researchers may be able to improve corn yields and nutritional value after discovering genetic regulators that synthesiz

May 23

Tomato pan-genome makes bringing flavor back easier

Almost everyone agrees that most store-bought tomatoes don't have much flavor. Now, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) may have spotlighted the solution in a paper just published in Nature Geneti

May 22

US to help Pakistan introduce genetically-engineered corn

“Approval of genetically-engineered maize is currently being considered in Pakistan. It would offer farmers a tool to increase their production and reduce use of agricultural chemicals,” claimed Casey E. Bean, USDA official based in US Embassy in Isl