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Bacteria to Aid Sustainable Sugarcane Production
Scientists have discovered a bacterium that could reduce the use of fertiliser in sugarcane production and improve yield. ...
By 2050, Crops will Feed More Animals Than Humans
If the global population continues to grow at its current rate, and diets continue to include more animal products, by 2050 we will...
Plant Breeding to Boost Africa's Food Supply with Improved Indigenous Crops
The African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC) opened the African Plant Breeding Academy to help improve the livelihoods of Africa's smallholder...
Researchers Assess How Effective Species Are at Pollinating Crops
From tomatoes to pumpkins, most fruit and vegetable crops rely on pollination by bees and other insect species – and the future of...
Scientists Map Food Security, Self-provision of Major Cities
Wealthy capital cities vary greatly in their dependence on the global food market. The Australian capital Canberra produces the majority...
The Emergence of New Crop Pests: Genetics in Action
A study conducted by Rothamsted Research reveals that insect host shifts are important because they may be a first step in the evolution...
Disease Found on Common Wild Grass Affects Barley
Scientists from Rothamsted Research have shed light on the role of wild grasses as a source of fungal pathogens able to initiate leaf...
Ramping Up Pterostilbene in Crops
A team of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists has developed a way to boost production of a beneficial plant compound called...
Increasing Cropping Frequency Offers Opportunity to Boost Food Supply
More frequent harvest could substantially boost global food production on existing agricultural lands....
Small Changes in Field Practices Can Make Food Safer
Researchers from Cornell University have identified some agricultural management practices in the field that can either boost or reduce...
Fear of Predators Drives Bees from Food Sources
Most of us think of honey bees as having a bucolic, pastoral existence—flying from flower to flower to collect the nectar they then...
Sustainable Ways to Manage Locust Outbreaks Worldwide
Locust swarms may seem like a distant chapter from history, but these devastating insects still present a major threat in today's world....
Biochar Quiets Microbes, Including Some Plant Pathogens
In the first study of its kind, Rice University scientists have used synthetic biology to study how a popular soil amendment called...
First Look at Sorghum Genome May Find New Food, Fuel Uses
Although sorghum lines underwent adaptation to be grown in temperate climates decades ago, a University of Illinois researcher said...
First Step to Reduce Plant Need for Nitrogen Fertilizer Uncovered
Nitrogen fertilizer costs U.S. farmers approximately $8 billion each year, and excess fertilizer can find its way into rivers and streams,...
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