Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native grasses.
A University of Queensland team has made a discovery that could help conquer the greatest threat to global food security – pests and diseases in plants.
March 2012 was unusually warm. Biomass crops around the Midwest were well established and thriving. But when a late frost came in mid-April, all of that changed.
Researchers report in the journal Science that they can increase plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis. In field trials, the scientists saw increases of 14 percent to 20 percent ...
The humble rice grain is the staple food for billions of people throughout the developing world, but there is little nutritional value in the grain beyond providing carbohydrates for energy.
A new study has unveiled why a field with a variety of plants seems to attract fewer plant-eating insects than farm land with just one type of crop.
Plants survive in high-salt soils through a signaling pathway using salt-responsive calmodulin proteins, which trigger cells to change their internal ion balance. A group led by Liqun Zhao of Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, ...
It may not feel like it in Australia right now, but over the past year we've experienced the hottest global temperatures on instrumental record. This could spell bad news for Australia's plants.
From natural ecosystems to farmers' fields, plants face a dilemma of energy use: outgrow and outcompete their neighbors for light, or defend themselves against insects and disease.