Study: Food crisis imminent within next decade if no change to climate policy
Research released today shows that within the next 10 years large parts of Asia can expect increased risk of more severe droughts, which will impact regional and possibly even global food security.
Researchers find maize in diets of people in coastal Peru dates to 5,000 years ago
For decades, archaeologists have struggled with understanding the emergence of a distinct South American civilization during the Late Archaic period (3000-1800 B.C.) in Peru. One of the persistent questions ...
Researchers find the earliest evidence of domesticated maize
Maize was domesticated from its wild ancestor more than 8700 years according to biological evidence uncovered by researchers in the Mexico's Central Balsas River Valley. This is the earliest dated evidence ...
Solving the climate change vulnerabilities jigsaw
A new tool to assess the interdependency between climate change and socio-economic factors is now available, mainly for professionals in these fields.
Stronger corn? Take it off steroids, make it all female
A Purdue University researcher has taken corn off steroids and found that the results might lead to improvements in that and other crops.
Genetic fingerprint reveals new efficient maize cultivars
(PhysOrg.com) -- The parents performance has little to do with the child's success at least in maize. Even weak parent plants can be crossed in a way in which they produce vigorous offspring. ...
Scientists warn of emerging fungal peril
Fungal diseases are a major threat not just to wild plants and animals, but to us.
Poland bans cultivation of GM maize, potatoes
Poland on Wednesday imposed new bans on the cultivation of certain genetically modified strains of maize and potatoes, a day after an EU required green light for GM crops took effect.
Maize and bacteria: A 1-2 punch knocks copper out of stamp sand
Scientists have known for years that together, bacteria and plants can remediate contaminated sites. Ramakrishna Wusirika, of Michigan Technological University, has determined that how you add bacteria to ...
The impact of the diffusion of maize to the Southwestern United States
An international group of anthropologists offers a new theory about the diffusion of maize to the Southwestern United States and the impact it had.
Monsanto drops bid to grow new GM foods in EU
US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto said Thursday it will drop all requests to be allowed to grow new genetically modified foods in the European Union, which has for years held up approval.
US ethanol subsidy caused corn price surge: study
US ethanol subsidies pushed up corn prices as much as 17 percent in 2011, according to a study released Wednesday at a time when Washington's policies on biofuels are coming under heightened scrutiny.
US farmers dodge the impacts of global warming -- at least for now
Global warming is likely already taking a toll on world wheat and corn production, according to a new study led by Stanford University researchers. But the United States, Canada and northern Mexico have largely ...
Study examines ancient Puebloans and the myth of maize
Research from the University of Cincinnati shows that perhaps the ancient Puebloans weren't as into the maize craze as once thought.