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Agriculture Research and News

No sign of health or nutrition problems from GMO livestock feed, study finds (10/2/2014)

This new review study finds there is no evidence in earlier scientific studies indicating that genetically engineered feed crops harmed the health or productivity of livestock and poultry, and that food products from animals consuming such feeds were nutritionally the same as products from animals that ate non-GMO feeds. ...> Full Article


Promoting the cultivation of the black truffle and seeking to improve its quality (10/1/2014)

The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development Neiker-Tecnalia and the Black Truffle Association of Alava are jointly running the ECOTRUF project, designed to promote the cultivation of the black truffle -- Tuber melanosporum -- and improve its quality. The cultivation of this fungus, greatly valued by top gourmets, has a great potential in rural and forestry development in the province of Alava, and constitutes an excellent complementary activity to upgrade and diversify traditional agricultural and forestry holdings. ...> Full Article


New scientific review of genetically engineered feeds in livestock diets (9/30/2014)

An article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Animal Science concludes feeding livestock diets that contain genetically engineered (GE) crops has no impact on the health or productivity of those animals. In a thorough review of scientific literature and field data sets, the article documents evidence that the performance and health of food-producing animals fed GE crops are comparable with those of animals fed non-GE crops. ...> Full Article


For legume plants, a new route from shoot to root (9/30/2014)

A new study shows that legume plants regulate their symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria by using cytokinins -- signaling molecules -- that are transmitted through the plant structure from leaves into the roots to control the number of bacteria-holding nodules in the roots. ...> Full Article


Can tapioca replace corn as the main source for starch sweeteners? (9/30/2014)

Can tapioca replace corn as the main source for starch sweeteners?Cassava, also known as tapioca, has large starch-filled roots and can grow at high yields in areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America where corn and sugarcane are not commonly grown. With the availability of novel enzymes and processes designed to break down tapioca starch into sugars that can then be used to produce sweeteners such as glucose, fructose, or maltose syrup, tapioca may be an ideal alternative to corn, as described in a Review article in Industrial Biotechnology. ...> Full Article


Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production (9/30/2014)

Scientists have discovered variant plants with straw that are more easily digested for biofuel production. Critically, the plants are not significantly smaller or weaker than normal plants. The discovery could make biofuels from plant residues easier and cheaper to make, reducing pressure on food crops used for biofuels. ...> Full Article


Long-distance communication from leaves to roots (9/29/2014)

Long-distance communication from leaves to rootsLeguminous plants create symbiotic organs called nodules in their roots. Japanese researchers have shown that cytokinins, a kind of plant hormone, play an important role in preserving proper root nodule numbers using the model plant Lotus japonicus. The results of this work were published in the journal Nature Communications titled 'Shoot-derived cytokinins systemically regulate root nodulation.' ...> Full Article


Global agriculture: More land, fewer harvests (9/28/2014)

Global agriculture: More land, fewer harvestsMost of the Earth's agricultural land resources are already under cultivation. Climate change poses a huge challenge to global agriculture, but a new study by geographers at LMU shows that some regions could benefit from it. ...> Full Article


The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests (9/27/2014)

Climate change may expand suitable cropland, particularly in the Northern high latitudes, but tropical regions may becoming decreasingly suitable. ...> Full Article


Boosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balance (9/26/2014)

Boosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balanceEnsuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State University study finds. ...> Full Article


What's for dinner? Rapidly identifying undescribed species in a commercial fungi packet (9/25/2014)

What's for dinner? Rapidly identifying undescribed species in a commercial fungi packetFor lovers of wild foods, autumn harks a season of bounty. Fungi of dizzying variety erupt from wood and soil, luring intrepid collectors to woodlands in search of elusive but delectable wild mushrooms. Part of their appeal lies in the allure of the treasure hunt, and their mysterious not-quite-meat, not-quite-vegetable qualities that belie an almost otherworldly existence. But are the mushrooms which you are eating known to science? ...> Full Article


Researchers find 'most famous wheat gene' (9/24/2014)

Researchers find 'most famous wheat gene'Washington State University researchers have found 'the most famous wheat gene,' a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat. The discovery clears the way for breeders to develop wheat varieties with the disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses, using a legion of genetic tools that can reduce crop losses and pesticide use while foregoing the cost, regulatory hurdles and controversy of genetically modified organisms. ...> Full Article


Researchers explain mystery of cereal grain defense (9/23/2014)

Crop scientists at Washington State University have explained how genes in the barley plant turn on defenses against aging and stressors like drought, heat and disease. Professor Diter von Wettstein and assistant research professor Sachin Rustgi showed that specific genes act as a switch that enables barley to live longer and become more tolerant of stress, including attack by common diseases like mildew and spot blotch. ...> Full Article


The biomethane market needs clear frame conditions for further growth (9/21/2014)

The biomethane market needs clear frame conditions for further growthBiomethane as a substitute for the fossil energy carrier natural gas offers a variety of options and applications for a sustainable energy supply. Nevertheless, a consequent market penetration is still pending because of a lack of standardized and transnational frame conditions. Scientists just summarized how the biomethane market developed in the IEA member states and which factors are necessary for further growing. ...> Full Article


Corn spots: Study finds important genes in defense response (9/20/2014)

Corn spots: Study finds important genes in defense responseWhat gives corn its spots? NC State researchers scour corn genome to find candidate genes that control an important defense response. ...> Full Article

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No sign of health or nutrition problems from GMO livestock feed, study finds

Promoting the cultivation of the black truffle and seeking to improve its quality

New scientific review of genetically engineered feeds in livestock diets

For legume plants, a new route from shoot to root

Can tapioca replace corn as the main source for starch sweeteners?Can tapioca replace corn as the main source for starch sweeteners?

Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

Long-distance communication from leaves to rootsLong-distance communication from leaves to roots

Global agriculture: More land, fewer harvestsGlobal agriculture: More land, fewer harvests

The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests

Boosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balanceBoosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balance

What's for dinner? Rapidly identifying undescribed species in a commercial fungi packetWhat's for dinner? Rapidly identifying undescribed species in a commercial fungi packet

Researchers find 'most famous wheat gene'Researchers find 'most famous wheat gene'

Researchers explain mystery of cereal grain defense

The biomethane market needs clear frame conditions for further growthThe biomethane market needs clear frame conditions for further growth

Corn spots: Study finds important genes in defense responseCorn spots: Study finds important genes in defense response



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