Tech & Comm

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Genome Sequence of Forage Grass Now Available

Researchers from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) have produced the genome sequence of signal grass (Urochloa ruziziensis), one of the most used forage grasses in tropical agriculture. Embrapa researcher Marco Pessoa Filho explains that U. ruziziensis has evolutionary proximity to other Urochloa species most used in cultivated tropical pastures »

Climate Change: Heat Stress for Cattle

Climate change poses a potentially devastating economic threat to low-income cattle farmers in poor countries due to increasing heat stress on the animals. Globally, by the end of this century, those producers may face financial losses between $15 and $40 billion annually. Farmers in tropical regions -- including large parts »

Researchers Analyze Maize's Fertilizer Uptake to Improve Yields

Researchers from Guangdong Academy of Science in China used a new technique called single cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) to identify and describe the major cell types in the root-tip of maize as well as the developmental pathways and genes involved in various functions. Their study is published in The Crop Journal. »

Hardy Wild Grass Could Help Save the World's Bread

An international team of researchers led by the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory, and the University of Minnesota have identified the stem rust resistance gene from a wild goat grass species. The researchers found the gene in Aegilops sharonensis, a wild relative of wheat found in Israel and southern »

An Aromatic Tomato Could Be Looming -- A La Heirloom Varieties

You can scarcely find a tasty, heirloom tomato in the grocery store. But University of Florida scientists helped discover a way to enhance tomato smell and taste. Breeding efforts over the last half-century have emphasized traits that are important to producers -- yield, disease resistance, appearance and post-harvest shelf life »

Speed Breeding to Help Preserve Australia’s Mango and Macadamia Industries

To help growers better understand the function of different genes in mango and macadamia trees, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers are developing new tools for testing gene function to speed up the development of elite cultivars for both tree industries to respond quickly to challenges like pests, diseases, and »

UC Davis Team Develops GM Lettuce to Protect Astronauts' Bones in Long Spaceflights

Researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) have developed a genetically modified (GM) lettuce that produces a drug which protects against bone density loss in microgravity. This breakthrough can help astronauts grow and eat nutritious plants than help them prevent diseases caused by long spaceflights. The human bones »

Research Shows Nutritional Impact of Regenerative Farming

The University of Washington and partners conducted a study with farmers using regenerative farming practices to analyze their impact on the nutritional content of food. The results are published in PeerJ. Regenerative farming practices include no-till, use of cover crops, and diverse rotations to conserve biodiversity. To document evidence on »

Growing Rice with Aquatic Animals Boosts Production and Reduces Chemical Use

Growing rice alongside aquatic animals can reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, as well as increase farmers' yields, shows a study published today in eLife. The results suggest a way to help reduce the environmental harms associated with rice production, with potential economic benefits for rice farmers. Modern »

Salt-tolerance Trait from Arabidopsis Relative Found Effective for Cotton

Scientists found evidence that Salt Tolerance5 (ThST5) from Thellungiella halophila is a promising candidate to improve salt tolerance in cotton. These findings can take salt-tolerant cotton research to new levels. ThST5 was previously isolated by the scientists from the halophyte T. halophila, an ortholog of Arabidopsis SPT4 which encodes a »