Research finds salt tolerance gene in soybean
A collaborative research project between Australian and Chinese scientists has shown how soybean can be bred to better tolerate soil salinity.
Crops can do their own weed control
In conventional farming, the most frequently used herbicides for weed control have a negative impact on the environment. On the other hand, organic farmers enlist machines to battle unwanted growth. These ...
Transgenic crops: Multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control
Strategies for delaying insect resistance to transgenic crops rely on assumptions that often are overly optimistic, a new study led by UA scientists shows. Published as an advance online publication by the ...
GMOs with health benefits have a large market potential
Over the last years, various GM crops with health benefits have been developed in which genes, mostly originating from other organisms, have been added. Notable examples include rice enriched with pro-vitamin A (also known ...
EU lawmakers pass controversial GMO food law
EU lawmakers on Tuesday approved controversial legislation to allow EU member states to decide for themselves whether to allow cultivation of Genetically Modified foods after years of bitter dispute.
Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices
The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers.
Predators, parasites, pests and the paradox of biological control
When a bird swoops down and grabs a caterpillar devouring your backyard garden, you might view it as a clear victory for natural pest control.
How vitamin C helps plants beat the sun
While vitamin C in plant chloroplasts is known to help prevent a reduction in growth that plants experience when exposed to excessive light—phenomenon called photo inhibition—how it gets into chloroplasts ...