Unknown rice parasite threatens harvests in Africa
Few agronomists are familiar with Rhamphicarpa fistulosa, a fragile weed with white flowers, from the broomrape family. Yet this root parasite is increasingly affecting rice cultivation in Africa. This has ...
Building the framework for the future of biofuels
Biofuels—fuels made from plants—are seen by many as one of the better options for brightening the national energy outlook.
Different watering regimes boost crop yields
Watering tomato plants less frequently could improve yields in saline conditions, according to a study of the impact of water and soil salinity on vegetable crops.
Plant engineered for more efficient photosynthesis
(Phys.org) —A genetically engineered tobacco plant, developed with two genes from blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), holds promise for improving the yields of many food crops.
Germany's Bayer says will float chemicals division
German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, maker of Aspirin painkiller, said on Thursday it intends to float its chemicals Material Science division to focus on its life sciences activities in human and animal health.
The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests
Climate change may expand suitable cropland, particularly in the Northern high latitudes, but tropical regions may becoming decreasingly suitable, according to a study published September 17, 2014 in the open-access journal ...
Free ecosystem services for better crops
European scientists are developing a web-based tool for farmers so they can see what is available in terms of ecosystem services.
Drought hits Brazil coffee harvest
Coffee output in Brazil, the world's chief exporter, will slide this year after the worst drought in decades, agricultural agency Conab said Tuesday.
Crop improvement and resistance to pathogens benefits from non-coding RNA studies
With the rise of emerging economies around the world and a concomitant upgrade of health care systems, the global population has been rapidly expanding. As a consequence, worldwide demand for agricultural products is also ...
Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering
Earth's protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday ...
Plant insights could help develop crops for changing climates
Crops that thrive in changing climates could be developed more easily, thanks to fresh insights into plant growth.
Plant diversity in China vital for global food security
With climate change threatening global food supplies, new research claims the rich flora of China could be crucial to underpin food security in the future. The research was presented at the British Science Association's ...
Rising risk of failed seasons as climate change puts pressure on Africa's farmers
Small-scale family farmers across Africa— already struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperatures and more erratic rains—risk being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change, according to the 2014 African ...
Sorghum and biodiversity
It is difficult to distinguish the human impact on the effects of natural factors on the evolution of crop plants. A Franco-Kenyan research team has managed to do just that for sorghum, one of the main cereals ...