New microneedle technique speeds plant disease detection

Researchers have developed a new technique that uses microneedle patches to collect DNA from plant tissues in one minute, rather than the hours needed for conventional techniques. DNA extraction is the first step in identifying ...

Canada OKs Idaho company's genetically engineered potatoes

Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian officials said Thursday.

Can we 'vaccinate' plants to boost their immunity?

When you pick up the perfect apple in the supermarket it's easy to forget that plants get sick just like we do. A more realistic view might come from a walk outside during summer: try to find a leaf without a speck, spot ...

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.

Potato may help feed Ethiopia in era of climate change

With unpredictable annual rainfall and drought once every five years, climate change presents challenges to feeding Ethiopia. Adapting to a warming world, the potato is becoming a more important crop there – with the potential ...

Ready to plant: Iron Lady tomatoes resist three fungal diseases

If the name fits, grow it: "Iron Lady" is the first tomato to resist three major fungal diseases—early blight, late blight and Septoria leaf spot—plaguing New York's growers for years. For farmers, this new tomato dramatically ...

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