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Arabidopsis root tip cells stained with a red dye. Image on the right shows increased cell division when IRK is inhibited. Image credit: Jaimie Van Norman/UCR
Research identifies possible on/off switch for plant growth

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New research from UC Riverside identifies a protein that controls plant growth —  good news for an era…
Scientists learn how to increase corn crop yields

January 9, 2020

NSF-funded scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are figuring out how to pack more kernels onto a corn cob. One way…
Shifting the balance of growth vs. defense boosts crop yield

December 20, 2019

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) scientists are figuring out how to pack more kernels onto a corn cob.…
Sorghum study illuminates relationship between humans, crops and the environment in domestication

December 11, 2019

A new study that examines the genetics behind the bitter taste of some sorghum plants and one of…
Researchers clear the path for ‘designer’ plants

November 19, 2019

New targets for gene editing could lead to more resilient crops. A team of researchers at the University…
Some of the new Plants-3D training program's leaders, (left to right): Yanran Li, Katayoon Dehesh, Ian Wheeldon, Julia Bailey-Serres, Harvey Blanch and Sean Cutler. (Stan Lim/UCR)
UC Riverside helps secure the future of food

October 17, 2019

If you’re eating fruits, nuts, grains, or vegetables in a few years, you’ll likely owe a debt of…
Call for a counterproposal to the pesticide initiatives

September 26, 2019

Here in Switzerland, over 300 different pesticides are applied to protect cereals, fruit and vegetables from weeds, insects…
Dry run for cropping systems

September 25, 2019

The heatwave of 2018 was yet another warning to both farmers and the public on the effects of…
Grains in the rain

September 23, 2019

Of the major food crops, only rice is currently able to survive flooding. Thanks to new research, that…
Climate change: a dirt-y business

September 12, 2019

Groundwater is essential for growing crops, but new research shows climate change is making it harder for soil…
Researchers determine pollen abundance and diversity in five major pollinator-dependent crops

August 29, 2019

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five…
Could biological clocks in plants set the time for crop spraying?

August 21, 2019

Plants can tell the time, and this affects their responses to certain herbicides used in agriculture according to…
CSIRO protein analytics expert, Professor Michelle Colgrave. Image credit: CSIRO
Catcher of the rye: Science can now detect any gluten in any food

August 16, 2019

Scientists from Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, can now detect gluten in any food and show which grain…
Novel camera system could provide cost-effective way to monitor crop temperatures, MU researchers find

August 2, 2019

A hot plant is an early warning sign of an under-watered, unhealthy plant, which makes monitoring crop temperatures…
New NSF awards target breakthrough technologies to enhance food security

July 24, 2019

Imagine crops that required less water because a “wearable sensor” could “grow” along with a plant and provide…
ORNL scientists make fundamental discovery to creating better crops

July 23, 2019

A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered the specific…
Climate Change is Already Impacting Global Crop Yields, Especially in Food-Insecure Countries

July 15, 2019

Contrary to the idea that climate change is a calamity far off in the future, a new study…
Bison overlooked in domestication of grain crops

July 9, 2019

About 5,000 to 7,000 years ago, in river valleys and grasslands all around the world, people started to…
Sustainable secret to knee-high corn and gardens galore: human waste-based compost

July 8, 2019

A small plot of corn popped up this spring on The Ohio State University campus and, as the…
International research teams will develop better crops

June 25, 2019

A better understanding of the interaction of bacteria between plants and the microorganisms surrounding them can be part…
Stabilizing nations’ food production through crop diversity

June 21, 2019

With increasing demand for food from the planet’s growing population and climate change threatening the stability of food…
Bees Required to Create an Excellent Blueberry Crop

June 18, 2019

Getting an excellent rabbiteye blueberry harvest requires helpful pollinators—particularly native southeastern blueberry bees—although growers can bring in managed…
Combination of water scarcity and inflexible demand puts world’s river basins at risk

June 5, 2019

Nearly one-fifth of the world’s population lives in a stressed water basin where the next climate change-driven incident…
SmartFarm Innovation Network will build the farm of the future

June 3, 2019

On the farm of the future, drones will fly over forests and crops to communicate with robots embedded…
Climate change is already affecting global food production — and not equally

June 3, 2019

The world’s top 10 crops —  barley, cassava, maize, oil palm, rapeseed, rice, sorghum, soybean, sugarcane and wheat — supply a…
New research accurately predicts Australian wheat harvests months in advance

May 29, 2019

Topping the list of Australia’s major crops, wheat is grown on more than half the country’s croplands and…
The sense of water — and nitrogen: Studies uncover genome-wide responses that limit crop growth

April 10, 2019

A team of researchers has tested how each gene within the genome of rice—one of the world’s most…
Discovery to help wheat cope with salty soils

March 26, 2019

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have discovered two enzymes that explain the sensitivity of wheat plants…
Sequenced genome of ancient crop could raise yields

March 6, 2019

An international team has sequenced and mapped the genome of proso millet – a feat essential to raising…
Prehistoric food globalization spanned three millennia

February 13, 2019

Since the beginning of archaeology, researchers have combed the globe searching for evidence of the first domesticated crops.…
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