Genetic Control of Wheat Grain Size Under the Microscope

The genetic control of wheat grain size is now better understood, thanks to an AHDB-funded PhD Studentship.Student Jemima Brinton spent three years (2014–17) looking at the genetic control of grain weight, in particular the genes involved in grain length and width.Prior to the study, sections of two

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Ancient Agricultural Activity Caused Lasting Environmental Changes

Agricultural activity by humans more than 2,000 years ago had a more significant and lasting impact on the environment than previously thought. The finding– discovered by a team of international researchers led by the University of British Columbia– is reported in a new study published 13 June in th

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Abroad and Adaptable: Q&A with Ioana Tudor

Ioana Tudor, global head of Seedcare at Syngenta Crop Protection, discusses living abroad and being adaptable to everything a country has to offer. Our sister publication, Seed World, interviewed this interesting woman.Seed World: What’s your favorite movie? Ioana Tudor: One of my favorite movies of

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European and French Studies Disprove Seralini’s GM Maize Claims

Three studies including GRACE and G-TwYST at European level and GMO90+ in France launched by European and French authorities disprove the controversial study on genetically modified (GM) maize by Gilles-Éric Séralini.In September 2012, Gilles-Eric Séralini, a professor at the University of Caen, pub

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Plant Protection Producer Ukravit Opens $7 Million Research Center In Ukraine

Ukravit group of companies, one of the largest producers of plant protection agents and micro-fertilizers in Ukraine, has invested about $7 million in opening the research center “Institute of Plant Health” in Cherkasy.“We’ve invested $7 million in the opening of a research center. It occupies an ar

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Breeding Better Brazilian Rice

Outside Asia, no other country produces as much rice as does Brazil. It is the ninth largest rice producer in the world. Average annual yields are close to 15 million tons.Rice production in Brazil is a multi-billion-dollar industry. It employs hundreds of thousands of people, directly and indirectl

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Engineered Cotton uses Weed-Suppression Chemical as Nutrient

A newly developed fertilizer system will provide nutrition to engineered cotton crops worldwide and a deadly dose to weeds that are increasingly herbicide resistant, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.The new system applies phosphite to cotton crops engineered to express a certain gene

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On the Origins of Agriculture, Researchers Uncover New Clues

The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever, and over several thousand years, the practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places. But why did agriculture begin in those places, at those particular times in human history?Using a new methodological ap

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Gene Discovery May Yield Lettuce That Will Sprout in Hot Weather

A team of researchers, led by a University of California, Davis, plant scientist, has identified a lettuce gene and related enzyme that put the brakes on germination during hot weather — a discovery that could lead to lettuces that can sprout year-round, even at high temperatures.The study also incl

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Competition Means More Choices in India: Q&A with Usha Barwale Zehr

From table tennis to the seed industry, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company’s (MAHYCO) Director and Chief Technology Officer Usha Barwale Zehr shares why plant breeding innovation is important. Our sister publication, Seed World, sat down with the director to talk plant breeding and more.Seed World: Wh

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Developing a European Early-Warning System for Wheat Rust Diseases

RustWatch kick-off meeting, Copenhagen 7-8 June 2018Wheat rusts is an increasing problem in Europe and beyondRustWatch will establish a stakeholder driven early-warning system to improve preparedness and resilience to emerging rust diseases on wheat, which is Europe’s largest agricultural crop. This

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Going to Great Lengths to Preserve Genetic Diversity

After the seventh session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, there’s still no path forward when it comes to solutions for access and benefitsharing.“Diversity” is how many of something you have, and “genetic” references genes. These

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NIAB EMR Searches for Non-Native Stink Bug in Fruit Crops

UK scientists are carrying out field studies to check whether the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug has established itself in UK fruit crops.Horticultural researchers at NIAB EMR, and crop specialists at Berry Garden Growers, are monitoring seven fruit-growing sites in south-east England, utilising a trap

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UF/IFAS Researchers Will Try to Educate Public on Genetically Edited Food

Genetic improvement of food crops sometimes gets a bad rap, but University of Florida researchers plan to educate consumers so they can make more informed decisions at the grocery store.To help combat misinformation, four UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers are going to better

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Crop Resistance Works Better Together

A new study by academics at the University of Hertfordshire, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, has shown that combining different types of crop resistance increases their efficiency at controlling a major plant pathogen which causes phoma stem canker on oilseed rape. Phoma stem canker ca

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Studying Oilseed Rape Fields

Oilseed rape fields are home to a variety of insects that bother farmers. The pollen beetle is one of them. The beetle’s larvae feed on the flower buds of oilseed rape causing damage and crop failure. The larvae of different species of weevils also have a preference for rape: They tunnel into the pl

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Scientists and Experts Team Up for New Plant Health Centre

More than 60 experts and stakeholders from the diverse worlds of forestry, horticulture, the environment and agriculture gathered at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to hear about the aims and vision of a new virtual Plant Health Centre for Scotland.Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland, Profess

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‘Virtual Safe Space’ to Help Bumblebees

The many threats facing bumblebees can be tested using a “virtual safe space” created by scientists at the University of Exeter. Bumble-BEEHAVE provides a computer simulation of how colonies will develop and react to multiple factors including pesticides, parasites and habitat loss.The tool lets res

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Major Funding Could Get to the Root of Crop Diseases

A world-leading plant disease researcher at the University of Dundee has been awarded major funding for a study which may explain the mechanisms of crop killing diseases across the globe.Plant diseases currently account for 40 per cent of crop losses each year world-wide, representing a serious thre

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Battling Bubbles: How Plants Protect Themselves from Killer Fungus

In the battle between plants and pathogens, molecules called small RNAs are coveted weapons used by both invaders and defenders.In a paper publishing online Thursday (May 17) in the journal Science, researchers at the University of California, Riverside report how plants package and deliver the smal

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Crop Immunization Can Root Out Take-All Fungus

In the soils of the world’s cereal fields, a family tussle between related species of fungi is underway for control of the crops’ roots, with food security threatened if the wrong side wins. Beneficial fungi can help plants to protect themselves from cousins eager to overwhelm the roots, but it’s a

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