Improving the productivity of tropical potato cultivation
Potatoes thrive in tropical highlands. The tubers are healthier than rice, banana or cassava, and can play an important role in food security. Production is, however, often very low due to various diseases ...
Researchers sequence pepper genome, find jumping genes enhanced diversity
GM spuds beat blight
(Phys.org) —In a three-year GM research trial, scientists boosted resistance of potatoes to late blight, their most important disease, without deploying fungicides.
Top-down and bottom-up approach needed to conserve potato agrobiodiversity
Mashed, smashed and fried, Americans love potatoes, but only a few varieties are grown in much of North American agriculture. In South America, where potatoes originated, more than 5,000 varieties continue ...
Researchers identify amino acid change that allows pathogens to jump from one plant to another
Aeroponics to boost NY potato production
The mashed potatoes or latkes that enhance your holiday feast have taken a long path from tuber to table – in many cases, several years.
Survey finds binge TV viewers feel no shame
The majority of people who watch television online say they regularly indulge in binge-watching, and they feel no shame about it, according to a survey by Netflix.
EU court annuls Commission approval of BASF's GM potato
The EU's second highest court Friday annulled a European Commission decision to authorise a genetically modified potato developed by German giant BASF, saying it had not followed proper procedure.
Yields of new varieties of agricultural crops continue to increase
Research into varieties of winter wheat, spring barley, potatoes grown for starch and sugar beet which have been introduced in the Netherlands by plant breeding companies between 1980 and 2010 shows that ...
Studies pay off for potato producers
Given all the pathogens that can create havoc in a potato field, it's a wonder spud production can keep up with demand. Producers need to control these microbes with cost-efficient management strategies that ...
Microbes help beetles defeat plant defenses
Some symbiotic bacteria living inside Colorado potato beetles can trick plants into reacting to a microbial attack rather than that of a chewing herbivore, according to a team of Penn State researchers who ...
Research shows how 'green' our food is
New research from Cranfield University has analysed how 'green' some of our everyday food choices are, and their long term sustainability for UK diets.
Italian 'problem' bears irk Swiss
Swiss and Italian officials are butting heads over how to tackle bears roaming between the two countries, in a dispute centred on balancing human and animal welfare.
German grain harvest higher despite floods
Germany, Europe's second-biggest grain producer after France, reported a 3.0-percent increase in its harvest this year, despite the bad weather and flooding, data showed on Thursday.