Plant geneticists demonstrate new means of boosting maize yields
A team of plant geneticists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has successfully demonstrated what it describes as a "simple hypothesis" for making significant increases in yields for the maize plant.
Discovery of genetic mechanism allowing potato cultivation in northern latitudes
(Phys.org) —An international team of scientists headed by Wageningen University, The Netherlands, has discovered a genetic mechanism which allows potato plants to develop tubers during the long days of ...
Using wastewater as fertilizer
Sewage sludge, wastewater and liquid manure are valuable sources of fertilizer for food production. Fraunhofer researchers have now developed a chemical-free, eco-friendly process that enables the recovered ...
Can returning crops to their wild states help feed the world?
To feed the world's growing population—expected to reach nine billion by the year 2050—we will have to find ways to produce more food on less farmland, without causing additional harm to the remaining natural habitat. ...
Tackle fungal forces to save crops, forests and endangered animals, scientists say
More than 600 million people could be fed each year by halting the spread of fungal diseases in the world's five most important crops, according to research published today in the journal Nature.
Precise molecular surgery in the plant genome
Crop plants have always been adapted to the needs of man by breeding for them to carry more fruit, survive droughts, or resist pests. Green biotechnology now adds new tools to the classical breeding methods ...
Salt-tolerant chickpea project to boost crop production
Researchers at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with research partners overseas, have identified which lines of chickpea grow better in moderately salty soil.
Study proposes new way to save Africa's beleaguered soils
A Washington State University researcher and colleagues make a case in the journal Nature for a new type of agriculture that could restore the beleaguered soils of Africa and help the continent feed itself ...
'Forest killer' plant study explores rapid environmental change factors
It's called mile-a-minute weed or "forest killer." Mikania micrantha is an exotic, invasive species that spreads quickly, covering crops, smothering trees and rapidly altering the environment.
Study finds new way in which plants control flower production
The timing of flowering in plants is critical. It can have profound effects on flower, fruit, and seed production, and consequently agricultural yields. This process is known to depend on daylight and temperature ...
Researchers investigate one of the oldest mysteries of plant breeding
Hybrid plants provide much higher yield than their homozygous parents. Plant breeders have known this for more than 100 years and used this effect called heterosis for richer harvests. Until now, science ...
Discovery of 100 million-year-old regions of DNA shows short cut to crop science advances
(Phys.org)—Scientists have discovered 100 million-year-old regions in the DNA of several plant species which could hold secrets about how specific genes are turned 'on' or 'off'.
Disease-resistant tomatoes fight lethal pests
In the battle against thrips, Cornell breeder Martha Mutschler-Chu has developed a new weapon: a tomato that packs a powerful one-two punch to deter the pests and counter the killer viruses they transmit.
Team creates potential food source from non-food plants
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has succeeded in transforming cellulose into starch, a process that has the potential to provide a previously untapped nutrient source from plants not traditionally thought ...