When the Seed Becomes a Plant, it has 48 Hours to Survive

When a seed germinates, it has only two days before it has exhausted its reserves to become a seedling capable of photosynthesis. French-speaking researchers unveil the mechanism.During germination, the embryo must be transformed into a young seedling capable of photosynthesis in less than 48 hours.

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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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Celebrating European Biotech Week 2018

EuropaBio is delighted to announce European Biotech Week 2018. Between 24 – 30 of September, the EU will, for the sixth time, witness a week packed full of biotech-focused activities and events. European Biotech Week will be held alongside simlar initiatives, planned across four continents as part

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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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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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Organic Seed Gets Boost with ECOBREED Project

Funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, ECOBREED is a five-year project that aims to develop methods, strategies and infrastructures for organic breeding. It also seeks to develop varieties with improved stress resistance, resource use efficiency and quality and im

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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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Researchers Engineer Bacteria to Create Fertilizer Out of Thin Air

In the future, plants will be able to create their own fertilizer. Farmers will no longer need to buy and spread fertilizer for their crops, and increased food production will benefit billions of people around the world, who might otherwise go hungry.These statements may sound like something out of

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Dodder Genome Sequencing Sheds Light on Evolution of Plant Parasitis

Most plants absorb sunlight and CO2 with their leaves, take up water and minerals from the soil through roots, and are fully autotrophic. However, parasitic plants are a special class of plants that extract water and nutrients from other plants.The origin and evolution of plant parasitism as well as

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Reining in Soil’s Nitrogen Chemistry

Take a trip down into the soil beneath a field of crops. You won’t find just dirt, water, and creepy-crawlies. You’ll also find reactions that remind you of high school chemistry lab.Many researchers study the reactions of elements and compounds in the soil, especially because some, like nitrogen, a

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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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New Research Seeks to Support Sustainable Farm Businesses in Europe

New farmers can face quite a number of barriers in developing sustainable businesses, including access to land, labour, capital, housing, markets, networks and knowledge. A new Europe-wide research initiative aims to overcome these hurdles through increased access to information resources, including

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‘Develop a National Programme for Integrated Pest Management’

The Netherlands should develop a national programme for Integrated Pest Management, to communally harmonize crop protection efforts and empower farmers. This was one of the recommendations presented at the final day of the Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety course of Wageningen Centre for De

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Gene Editing Approach Aims for Broad Disease Resistance in Staple Food Crops

A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a “knock-in” g

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