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Research Diary: Plant Clinics in Uganda
Getting agricultural information to smallholder farmers can help improve food security. University of Warwick PhD student Andrew Tock...
Size, Age of Plants Impact Productivity More than Climate
The size and age of plants has more of an impact on their productivity than temperature and precipitation, University of Arizona researchers...
New Mechanism Can Regulate Root Architecture
Scientists have uncovered a new mechanism by which plants can regulate root architecture, a discovery that could lead to better ways...
Plants Sense Water in Soil; Grow Roots in the Right Direction
The presence of even small amounts of water can influence the structure of plant roots in soil, a finding that opens up new possibilities...
Could Spiders Be the Answer to Saving our Bees?
A novel bio-pesticide created using spider venom and a plant protein has been found to be safe for honeybees – despite being highly...
Synthetic Biology Approach Improves Photosynthesis
Assembling a compartment inside chloroplasts of flowering plants has the potential to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis....
Dissecting a Potato Pathogen’s Hiding Place
Researchers are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding new ways of managing zebra chip disease and the insect that can...
Pioneer: Yield-Limiting Factors in Continuous Corn Production
Numerous studies have documented yield reductions when corn follows corn rather than soybeans, even when all yield-limiting factors...
New Soil Model Creates Step-change in Predictive Farm Management
DuPont, the University of Missouri and the US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) announced an innovative...
Corn Seeding Rates, Variable-rate Seeding
The current demand for corn has generated a great deal of discussion this past winter of corn yields exceeding 300 bushels per acre,...
Science, Technology's Role in Sustainable Intensification
Professor Charles Godfray, University of Oxford, recently delivered the fourth lecture in the Teagasc/RDS lectures series on 'Sustainable...
Plants Use Microbial-like Pathway to Make Essential Amino Acid
Purdue University researchers have discovered a microbial-like pathway in plants that produces phenylalanine, an amino acid that is...
3D-Printed Robot Arm for Crop Inspection
Traditional manufacturing techniques are subtractive in nature: you start with a block of material (wood or aluminum, for example)...
Optimizing Nutrient Stewardship Using Broadcast Fertilizer Application Methods
Research from Auburn University suggests continued advancement in the capacity of spinning disk broadcast spreaders in order to increase...
Challenges of Feeding Seven Billion and Beyond – Role of Scientific Innovations
This is the second in a series of articles to review some of the current information on challenges to feeding the nine billion world...
 
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