Genome Editing Offers Solutions to GHG Emission Problems

Gene editing tools are now unlocking new strategies to improve natural and agricultural carbon sinks, limit emissions from agriculture and other major sectors contributing to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and revolutionize biofuels. These are discussed by David Hart, Robert Rozansky, and Val Giddings in their article published in the Genetic »

New Tool to Accelerate Crop Improvement with CRISPR

Scientists have faced the difficulty of growing plants from cells after tweaking their genomes. A new tool will now help this process by coaxing transformed cells, including those modified with the gene-editing system CRISPR-Cas9, to regenerate new plants. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator Jorge Dubcovsky and his colleagues looked »

Scientists Use Glowing Venus Flytraps to Understand Its Closure Mechanism

Genetic Engineering of carnivorous plant, Venus flytrap, led the researchers from The Graduate University for Advanced Studies to visualize the chemistry that aids them close quickly to capture insect prey. The study is published in Nature Plants. The closing of the leaves usually needs two consecutive mechanical stimuli to sensory »

A Molecular Break for Root Growth

Roots are essential for reaching water and nutrients, for anchorage to the ground, but also for interacting and communicating with microorganisms in the soil. A long root enables the plant to reach deeper, more humid layers of soil, for example during drought. A shallower root with many root hairs is »

Scientists Uncover Molecular Mechanisms in Drought Sensitivity of Rice

To understand the molecular mechanisms involved in drought tolerance of rice, Guangxi University researchers used the CSSL (Chromosome Single-substitution Segment Line) PY6 to map the regions of the DNA involved in the trait. The results are published in BMC Plant Biology. The researchers mapped the quantitative trait locus onto the »

Self-Watering Soil Could Transform Farming

A new type of soil created by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin can pull water from the air and distribute it to plants, potentially expanding the map of farmable land around the globe to previously inhospitable places and reducing water use in agriculture at a time of »

Turmeric: Sharing is caring!

The origin of the name ‘Turmeric’ has an interesting background. It possibly derived from Middle English or Early Modern English as turmeryte or tarmaret. It may be of Latin origin, terra merita (“meritorious earth”). The name of the genus, Curcuma, is derived from the Sanskrit kuṅkuma, referring to turmeric, used »

Tips: Turmeric

Turmeric, a super spice, has a number of powerful and proven health benefits. Moreover, it is also used as a dye apart from being used in food flavoring and as medicine. • Being used as fresh or dried provides almost the same health and culinary benefits for Turmeric. • Turmeric is known »

Turmeric Facts: Believe it or not!

Did you know that Turmeric is a member of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside ginger, and shares many similarities with its sibling? Here are more amazing facts about this spice, the ‘Saffron of India’: • Turmeric has been used in the Himalayas in Ayurvedic medicine for over 5000 years. • India is the »

Impact of Spraying Foliar Fertilizer on Crop Productivity

Foliar fertilization of crops offers specific advantages over soil-applied fertilizers because the nutrients applied are taken-up directly by their target organs like leaf, stem, flower, and fruit. Moreover, soil nutrients are not always completely available. This is due to leaching, soil fixations, blockages, and other losses. With foliar fertilization, we »

Poultry for Livelihood Security and Better Health

Although there is substantial progress in creating employment, reducing poverty and malnutrition in Bangladesh over the last few decades. However, unemployment, poverty and malnutrition are still the problems in our country. Several socio-economic development activities are carried out in our country for the further improvement of the situation. The Poultry »