Agriculture and Food News
March 28, 2020

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Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city's gardens and other urban green spaces could provide 15 per cent ... read more
A new multinational study incorporating the latest models of global climate, crop production and trade examines the possible ... read more

Insect Bites and Warmer Climate Means Double-Trouble for Plants

Scientists think that current models are incomplete and that we may be underestimating crop losses. A new study shows that infested tomato plants, in their efforts to fight off caterpillars, don't ... read more

Grain Traits Traced to 'Dark Matter' of Rice Genome

Research finds that a sizeable amount of domestication-related changes in rice reflects selection on traits that are determined by a portion of the genome that does not transcribe ... read more
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Crop Diversity Can Buffer the Effects of Climate Change

Researchers found that farms with diverse crops planted together provide more secure, stable habitats for wildlife and are more resilient to climate change than the single-crop standard that ... read more

To Reap Heart Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet, Avoid Junk Food

A new study suggests that people following a plant-based diet who frequently consumed less-healthful foods like sweets, refined grains and juice showed no heart health benefit compared with those who ... read more

Ancient Hornwort Genomes Could Lead to Crop Improvement

An international research team illuminates the origin of land plants by analyzing the first hornwort genomes. In this ancient group of land plants, they discovered genes that could help crops grow ... read more

How Plants Sound the Alarm About Danger

Just like humans and other animals, plants have hormones. One role of plant hormones is to perceive trouble and then signal to the rest of the plant to respond. A multicenter team is reporting new ... read more

New Planting Guidelines Could Boost Edamame Profits

Edamame may be a niche crop in the United States, but growers and processors still need the best possible information to make sound management decisions. That's why researchers are making new ... read more

Environmental Footprint of California Dairy Cows Over 50 Years

Producing a liter of milk in California emits less greenhouse gas and uses less land and water than it did in 1964, according to a recent ... read more

A Molecular Map for the Plant Sciences

Plants are essential for life on earth. They provide food for essentially all organisms, oxygen for breathing, and they regulate the climate of the planet. Proteins play a key role in controlling all ... read more

Natural Habitat Around Farms a Win for Strawberry Growers, Birds and Consumers

Conserving natural habitat around strawberry fields can help protect growers' yields, their bottom line and the environment with no detectable threat to food safety, indicates a new ... read more

Acacia Bushlands Prevent Climate Warming in Eastern Africa

Converting bushland into agricultural land raises land surface temperatures almost as much as forest ... read more

Microbes Play Important Role in Soil's Nitrogen Cycle

But different microbes have distinct roles to play, and environmental factors influence ... read more

Some Domesticated Plants Ignore Beneficial Soil Microbes

A review by biologists finds that plant domestication has often had a negative effect on plant microbiomes, making domesticated plants more dependent on fertilizer and other soil amendments than ... read more

New Viable CRISPR-Cas12b System for Plant Genome Engineering

A new CRISPR genome engineering system is viable in plants: CRISPR-Cas12b. The system is versatile, customizable, and ultimately provides effective gene editing, activation, and repression all in one ... read more

Damaging Impacts of Warming Moderated by Migration of Rainfed Crops

Many studies seek to estimate the adverse effects of climate change on crops, but most research assumes that the geographic distribution of crops will remain unchanged in the future. New research ... read more

Food Scientists Slice Time Off Salmonella Identification Process

Researchers have developed a method for completing whole-genome sequencing to determine salmonella serotypes in just two hours and the whole identification process within eight ... read more

Corn Productivity in Real Time: Satellites, Field Cameras, and Farmers Team Up

Scientists have developed a new, scalable method for estimating crop productivity in real time. The research combines field measurements, a unique in-field camera network, and high-resolution, ... read more

Unexpected Ways Animals Influence Fires

Animals eating plants might seem like an obvious way to suppress fire, and humans are already using the enormous appetites of goats, deer, and cows to reduce the fuel available for potential ... read more

Genome Editing Strategy Could Improve Rice, Other Crops

Scientists have used CRISPR technology to genetically engineer rice with high levels of beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A. The technique they used provides a promising strategy for ... read more

Flower Faithful Native Bee Makes a Reliable Pollinator

Entomologists have documented that a common species of native sweat bee feeds on the same plant species in a given area repeatedly, making it a reliable pollinator. Because the bee can thrive in ... read more

Honeybee Dance Dialects

Honeybees use their waggle dance to tell their conspecifics where to find food. Depending on the honeybee species, there are different dance ... read more

Pesticides Impair Baby Bee Brain Development

Pesticides can impair brain growth in baby bumblebees, affecting their ability to perform a simple learning task as adults, according to a new ... read more

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