Gene variation makes apple trees 'weep,' improving orchards

Plant geneticists have identified a mutation in a gene that causes the "weeping" architecture—branches growing downwards—in apple trees, a finding that could improve orchard fruit production.

Flower strips and hedges combine to boost bees in orchards

Researchers at the University of Freiburg have found that hedges and perennial flower strips are complementary in supporting wild bees in orchards by providing continuous resources over the growing season. The results are ...

Urban crops can have higher yields than conventional farming

As urban populations boom, urban agriculture is increasingly looked to as a local food source and a way to help combat inequitable food access. But little is known about how productive urban agriculture is compared to conventional, ...

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