Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle Starts to Reveal its Secrets

A mix of innovative trials work and data analysis is helping to reveal cabbage stem flea beetle’s secrets, including how its environment affects how much damage it can inflict on oilseed rape (OSR).This article provides some of the interim findings from the ADAS-led project (as presented in the late

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Matchmaking For Sweet Potato? It’s Complicated

Some relationships can be complicated. Take the one between sweet potato crops and soil nitrogen, for example.Too little nitrogen and sweet potato plants don’t grow well and have low yields. Too much nitrogen, however, boosts the growth of leaves and branches at the expense of storage roots. That al

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US Protectionist Move on Spanish Olive Imports

Copa and Cogeca regret the U.S. Department of Trade move this week to uphold its decision to impose duties on Spanish table olives, and urged the EU to take action against this protectionist action.“We are very disappointed about the way in which this trade dispute is escalating,” said Copa and Coge

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Epic Genetic: The Hidden Story Of Wheat

Published in Genome Research, based on a novel method developed by Earlham Institute, UK, an international research team have uncovered the hidden genetic secrets that give wheat its remarkable ability for local adaptation – revealing a previously untapped resource for breeding better, more resilien

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Crop Mixtures and Evolution Can Improve Agricultural Productivity

Farmers and land managers can improve agricultural productivity by using crop mixtures and taking into consideration the role of evolution in shaping the plants they grow, new research by James Hutton Institute scientists and partners at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich has found.In a new stu

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UK: Environmental Farming Scheme Given Green Light

The Environment Secretary has announced that the Payment by Results (PBR) project will be the first agri-environment scheme directly funded by the UK.In future, all the funding for the Payment by Results (PBR) pilot will come from Defra, with a £540,000 boost announced today to pay farmers according

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Stress-Resistant Crops May be Way Forward In the Face of Extreme Temperatures

Scientists of the James Hutton Institute have alerted about the potential impact of extreme weather events – such as the current heatwave – on crop production, suggesting the development of stress-resistant crops as an important resource to preserve food security in the face of increased temperature

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Space-Age Tech Offers Timely Crop Data Relief

An ambitious collaboration project to harness space technology and bring sustainable productivity to rice and oil palm farmers in Colombia entered a crucial phase this month with the start of technical training workshops in Cali, the country’s second largest city and Pacific gateway.Fewer than one i

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Hazera Presents New Watermelons and Melons

Hazera presented a variety of watermelons during the Watermelon & Melon days held in Murcia, Spain.Hazera presented a range of watermelon sizes, from personal to midi watermelons (1 to 6kg), all focused on top internal qualities, such as intense red color, high crunchiness and excellent taste, toget

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To Keep More Carbon on the Ground, Halting Farmland Expansion is Key

The conversion of forests to farmland is recognized as a major contributor to rising levels of greenhouse gases. And yet it hasn’t been clear how to best minimize the loss of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere. Is it better to maximize farm yields so as to use less land area over all? Or should

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Bayer to Appeal Against Recent General Court Verdict on Neonicotinoids

Bayer will appeal against the recent ruling of the General Court of the European Union in Case T-429/13. The company is concerned that the verdict, announced in May, could have far-reaching consequences for the certainty and predictability of active substance approvals in the European Union (EU). By

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Fertilizer Destroys Plant Microbiome’s Ability to Protect Against Disease

A new study of the role microbial communities play on the leaves of plants suggests that fertilizing crops may make them more susceptible to disease.University of California, Berkeley, biologists found that spraying tomatoes with microbes from healthy tomatoes protected them from disease-causing bac

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Pesticides in Food: Latest Figures Remain Steady

Europeans continue to eat food that is largely free of pesticide residues or which contains levels of residues within legal limits, the latest monitoring figures show.More than 96% of samples analysed for the latest annual report on pesticide residues in food were found to be within legal limits; ar

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How To Optimise Establishment For Top Oilseed Rape Yields

Since the withdrawal of neonicotinoid seed dressings, rapeseed producers have been solely reliant on pyrethroid insecticide applications to control the pest.However, resistance to pyrethroids is making chemical control unreliable, so growers are manipulating drill date to avoid peak adult beetle mig

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Barley in the Spotlight at iBMW2018 Meeting

The use of barley genetic mutant resources to shed light into fundamental aspects of cereal biology was at the centre of discussions at the second International Barley Mutants Workshop 2018 (iBMW2018), held in Dundee with the attendance of 94 crop scientists from the UK, Europe and beyond.The event

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Baby Spinach will be Fresher and Lasting Longer

A Tasmanian research project is working on increasing the shelf life of baby spinach and other baby salad leaves, so it keeps fresh in your fridge for longer.The research is being done byPhD candidate Vongai Dakwa with research partner Houston’s Farm, a Tasmanian grower and processor of baby leafy s

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Archaeologists Discover Bread that Predates Agriculture by 4,000 Years

At an archaeological site in northeastern Jordan, researchers have discovered the charred remains of a flatbread baked by hunter-gatherers 14,400 years ago. It is the oldest direct evidence of bread found to date, predating the advent of agriculture by at least 4,000 years. The findings suggest that

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New Demonstration Facility in Focus at Fruit for the Future 2018

The James Hutton Institute will showcase its new raspberry demonstration tunnels at Fruit for the Future, the Institute’s annual soft fruit-themed event, on Thursday 19 July 2018 in Invergowrie near Dundee.The new demonstration tunnels will be home to the most promising raspberries selected from the

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The Highly Complex Sugarcane Genome Has Finally Been Sequenced

CIRAD and its partners* had to use cunning to establish the first sugarcane reference sequence. The plant’s genome is so complex that conventional sequencing techniques had proved useless. This meant that sugarcane was the last major cultivated plant to have its genome sequenced.A novel sequencing m

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Hutton Potato Varieties Approved for Export to Kenya

Two potato varieties bred at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee have been recommended for release in Kenya thanks to the concerted efforts of AHDB, SASA, Seeds2B Africa – part of the Syngenta Foundation – and the Institute’s commercial subsidiary, James Hutton Limited.Hutton varieties Gemson and L

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